B-MEG capitalized on Barangay Ginebra’s series of miscues midway in the fourth quarter and took an 86-76 win for its fourth straight victory in the 2011 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
James Yap tallied 17 points but was held down to just 2 in the final canto. That was when the rest of the Llamados took over and thwarted the Kings’ uprising.
Rookie Mark Barroca had another solid game off the bench with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, PJ Simon added 12 while Josh Urbiztondo, Marc Pingris and Kerby Raymundo each had 10 for BMEG, which now joined Meralco for fourth spot with 6-4 slate.
“The guys made clutch plays down the stretch and that’s the difference,” said Llamados mentor Tim Cone.
“They (Ginebra) did a good job on double teaming James in the second half and it opened up for everyone,” he added.
After leading at 72-62 on Roger Yap’s lay-up, the Kings unloaded an 8-0 blast to threaten at 70-72 with 5:57 remaining.
But Mike Cortez turned the ball over that resulted in Yap’s basket, 74-70, Pingris followed up a Raymundo’s missed jumper and after Nino Canaleta’s error, Raymundo hit a runner to make it a comfortable 78-70 spread with 2:43 left in the game.
B-MEG was never threatened since then and the Kings absorbed their fifth loss in nine matches.
Helterbrand led Ginebra with 17 points and 7 assists while Enrico Villanueva contributed 13.
JC Intal, Willy Wilson and Cortez each had 10 markers for the Kings.
Rico Maierhofer debuted for Ginebra and scored with only 2 points. Yancy de Ocampo, the player that the Llamados got in the trade, did not score in four minutes.
“We’ve been slowly climbing up the ladder. It’s a slow climb but I’m happy at this stage,” said Cone. “We’re moving upward not downward. Sometimes, you have a quick start then go downward in the end. We’ll rather have a quick start and win it all like Talk ‘N Text did.”
B-MEG 88 – J. Yap 17, Barroca 14, Simon 12, Urbiztondo 10, Pingris 10, Raymundo 10, Yap R. 7, De Vance 5, Reavis 3, De Ocampo 0.
GINEBRA 76 – Helterbrand 17, Villanueva 13, Intal 10, Wilson W. 10, Cortez 10, Caguioa 6, Mamaril 4, Canaleta 3, Maierhofer 2, Wilson J. 1, Labagala 0, Tubid 0.
Quarters: 24-19, 44-38, 61-55, 88-76