Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bmeg Vs Ginebra Game Result

B-MEG held Mark Caguioa without a field goal in a foul-plagued 29 minutes of action to post an impressive 82-70 shellacking of Barangay Ginebra and seal at least a playoff for a finals seat in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at the jampacked SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Llamados found a new offensive star in Marc Pingris, who collected a personal season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds, but it was their defense on Caguioa that helped them grab the important win.

“You can’t play Ginebra without making him your priority,” said B-MEG coach Tim Cone about the Ginebra star guard.

“PJ (Simon) didn’t score much but for me he is the MVP of this game. He sacrificed his offense and exactly played we’re hoping him to play.”

Caguioa, who averaged 21.3 points over the past three semifinals games, was held to just three free throws and 0-of-12 shooting from the field.

B-MEG improved its win-loss mark to 9-4, including 3-1 in the semis. The Llamados are now just half a game behind league-leading Rain or Shine (9-3) in the standings.

Marqus Blakely added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Llamados, who entered the game reeling from a 104-101 loss handed by Meralco.

James Yap and Rafi Reavis each had 11 points for B-MEG, which will play the Elasto Painters in the final day of the semis on Wednesday.

Cedric Bozeman led the Gin Kings with 22 points to go along with his 13 rebounds. Jayjay Helterbrand and Kerby Raymundo chipped in 16 and 14 points respectively for Ginebra.

It was Ginebra’s first loss in the semis after three straight wins. The Gin Kings’ record dropped to 8-5 and they must beat Talk ‘N Text in their final game on Wednesday to force a playoff for the second finals berth with the four-of-five incentive.
B-MEG 82 - Pingris 24, Blakely 17, Yap 11, Reavis 11, Urbiztondo 9, Simon 4, De Ocampo 4, Villanueva 2, Barroca 0.

GINEBRA 70 - Bozeman 22, Helterbrand 16, Raymundo 14, Mamaril 4, Cortez 4, Caguioa 3, Maierhofer 2, W. Wilson 2, Hatfield 2, Villanueva 1, Maliksi 0, Ababou 0, Canaleta 0, Menk 0.

Quarters: 19-16, 32-25, 62-51, 82-70

Watch The Replay of Bmeg Vs Ginebra  click here

PJ Simon is the Bmeg's Anti Caguioa


PBA fans know Peter June Simon as a potent scorer. But he doesn’t exactly have the best reputation as a defender.

But against Barangay Ginebra, the combo guard from Makilala, North Cotabato drew a special assignment: stopping superstar guard Mark Caguioa.

And while Simon scored just four points, he hounded Caguioa to the worst game of the conference. The Ginebra main man was limited to only three points, all of which came on free throws as he missed all 12 of his field goal attempts.

Simon’s sacrifice anchored B-MEG’s defensive mindset all game long as the Llamados drubbed the Gin Kings, 82-70, for their ninth win in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

“You’re not a smart coach if you don’t figure out a way how to stop Mark Caguioa,” B-MEG coach Tim Cone said after the game. “You can’t play Caguioa without making him a priority.

“We decided to match up PJ on Mark and PJ worked hard, sacrificed his offense to defend Caguioa.”

It was the second time this conference that Caguioa didn’t finish in double-figures in scoring. He was held to only eight points in the Gin Kings’ first game against the Llamados.

Simon, however, said he wasn’t along in taking Caguioa’s rhythm out of the game.

“Tinutulungan naman ako ng mga teammates ko. We worked extra hard defending the pick-and-roll, kasi ganun ginagawa ng Ginebra. Kaya ang ginagawa namin, kapag may pick and roll, we were trapping Mark,” he said.

But the Llamados didn’t practice those defensive schemes in practice, according to Cone.

“We didn’t practice it yesterday. We rested our bodies after a tiring game against Meralco. But we spent time viewing the tapes and preparing our defensive mindset against Ginebra.”

It was therefore up to Simon and the rest of the team to apply that in the game, which they did.

Defensive potential

Cone sees Simon as more than a one-dimensional player, but a player who can work both ends of the floor.

“PJ can be an excellent defender if he wants to,” Cone told InterAKTV. “Of course, it’s difficult to do that every game.”

Simon attributed his improvement on defense to his coach.

“He’s a defensive-minded coach. Akala nung iba triangle offense lang talaga ang focus ni Coach Tim, but he always emphasize players to play defense,” said Simon.

“Sabi niya sa akin, pwede kaming magsabay ni James (Yap) as long as we play defense. Dati, reliever ako ni James and ang purpose ko is to provide scoring coming off the bench.”

Source: Rey Joble, InterAKTV

Replay of Ginebra vs Bmeg in PBA Game July 15, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bmeg Llamados win Over Petron In Semis

MANILA, Philippines – B-Meg head coach Tim Cone got ejected and that somehow sparked the Llamados second half turn around en route to a 104-93 come-from-behind win over Petron Blaze Wednesday night to maintain its hold of the second spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Cone got thrown after picking up his second technical foul at the 1:43 mark of the second period just seconds after the Boosters built their biggest lead of the game, 57-38.

The Llamados were able to go on a mini-run to cut some of the deficit at the end of the half and appeared to have carried their momentum in the final two quarters.

Giving all the credit to his four assistant coaches, Cone let Jeffrey Cariaso, Richard del Rosario, Johnny Abbarientos and Koy Banal do the talking during the post-game interview.

“We didn’t do anything different in the second half,” said Cariaso.

“We just executed our gameplan in the second half,” added del Rosario.

B-Meg went on a blistering 16-2 run capped by a second Jonas Villanueva triple to tie the game at 81.

Do-it-all import Marcus Blakely collected 35 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, five steals and three blocks. He had 15 in the fourth quarter alone including a tomahawk dunk from near the free throw line.

B-Meg tasted its first lead of the game, 86-84, on Blakely’s free throws with 6:23 left and would never lose its grip.

Petron showed signs of life as it closed to within two, 87-89, but B-Meg surged anew with a 15-2 blast to seal the game.

B-Meg upped its mark to 8-3 while also dealing Petron a huge blow in its hopes to make a last push for a Finals slot.

Alex Cabagnot had 22 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Boosters, who got futile contribution from import Marcus Faison.

Faison only scored 12 points.

Watch the Petron Vs Bmeg Replay click here

The scores:

B-Meg 104 – Blakely 35, Yap 20, Pingris 18, Simon 10, Villanueva 8, Reavis 4, De Ocampo 4, Urbiztondo 3, Barroca 2.

Petron 93 – Cabagnot 22, Washington 15, Santos 14, Ildefonso 14, Faison 12, Lutz 6, Hontiveros 5, Yeo 2, Miranda 2, Peña 1.

Quarterscores: 19-32, 44-57, 67-74, 104-93


Bmeg Derby Ace Llamados Vs Petron Game Replay July 11 2011

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Remember Lenny Cook

Before the diamond-crusted title ring, before the Olympic gold medal, before the multi-million dollar shoe contract, before being called The King, LeBron James was just a 16-year old kid out of Akron, Ohio, looking to steal the thunder from the alpha dog of high school basketball.

Back in 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most outstanding player in the annual ABCD Camp. A strong, cocky kid from Brooklyn, Cooke, the camp's MVP the year before, has the skill set way better than other prodigies like James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Amar'e Stoudemire.

Street agents, neighborhood leeches and hoop mafias claim that he was already ripe for the pros – that he was set to become the next Kobe Bryant or Tracy McGrady, camp standouts who made the jump from high school to a stellar NBA career.

He was a fancy basketball player with all the jewelries, a huge entourage, throwing away lavish parties. Reports have it that he already had his own mansion at that time and was already driving a brand-new Mercedes – all at a tender age of 17.

He was The King before The King.

"I was a 13-year-old French kid from Paris, and all of a sudden, I met Lenny and was watching him play in all of these tournaments," Chicago Bulls' Joachim Noah said, recounting the days when he was riding the bench with Cooke as their star player. "He was really my hero because the way he could dominate a game was unbelievable to me."

And on a day like this, in the sweltering Court 2 of Farleigh Dickinson's Rothman Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, Cooke and James finally square off, eager to settle the score on who is better: is it Ohio's Mr. Basketball or the cocky, self-styled Beast from the East who hoped from one high school to another?

"It was like an Old West duel," recruiting guru Tom Konchalski remembered. "It was a young gunslinger coming into town, trying to make his reputation."

Unfortunately for Cooke, that remarkable game turned out to be his laying ground. James destroyed him in all fronts, scoring 24 points, highlighted by a running three-pointer right on his face to lead his team to an 85-83 victory and landing on the scouts' radar en route to becoming the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft – and an NBA champion nine years later.

Cooke, meanwhile, was held to only nine points as James exposed all of his weaknesses with his relentless defense. He walked into the night with a shattered heart, a bruised ego and a remark that he is a lazy, unpolished, one-game wonder who never takes the game seriously.

"That game," former Adidas executive and camp founder Sonny Vacarro said. "That game was one physical moment that symbolized the beginning of LeBron James and the downfall of Lenny Cooke."

"He beat Lenny on his own turf. I mean, you can say it was just one shot, one game, but in a way, Lenny never recovered."

Meanwhile, Cooke passed on college and declared himself eligible for the 2002 NBA Draft. He wasn't selected. Scouts said he was skilled but unpolished, too raw, arrogant and immature. Had he been a 7-footer, maybe – but at 6-foot-6, talents in the 2-3 position were overflowing.
Lenny Cooke in this recent New York Times photo
"Lenny Cooke has all the talents in the world," said Queens basketball consultant Rob Johnson. "But his head wasn't screwed in the right direction, and NBA people knew that."

After he was passed over in the NBA draft, Cooke signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Supersonics, but was got cut after being hampered by a toe injury and the fact that he was in a terrible shape after failing to see a single minute of organized basketball in 18 months.

All of a sudden, Cooke found himself alone. Scouts stop calling, self-styled hoop evaluators and neighborhood leeches who were expecting a big pay day had he made the pros slowly drifted away. His glow had started to fade.

"I got a little big-headed," Cooke said in a 2003 interview. "In high school, I didn't take the game and academics seriously. I listened to the hype. I believe in the rankings. Now, I know I had to work on my game. I will take it a lot more seriously."

With the hype gone, Cooke brought his wares to the USBL, a second-tier basketball tournament where even the 10th and 12th man on a college team were making it big. He posted a tournament average of 27 points, highlighted by a 47-point, 17-rebound explosion in a 126-120 home victory at Long Island University.

Now, he is ready to give the NBA another try.

The Boston Celtics included him in its pre-tournament roster, but in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a hot rookie named LeBron James, former Celtics coach Jim O'Brien refused to field him. He was devastated. And his old rival, James, was there to rub in everything that went wrong.

Cooke played a season in the PBA, hooking up with Purefoods in the 2003 Reinforced Conference where he averaged a league-leading 37.9 points and 17.1 rebounds. He even shone with 42 points, 26 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a 92-83 win over Shell as the Hotdogs ended the eliminations on a high note.

But bad luck continues to stalk him.

In the playoffs, Purefoods blew a big lead as Cooke was sidelined due to cramps before yielding a sorry 92-83 loss. Cooke limped off the court with 29 points.

A month later, Purefoods brought him back for the Fiesta Conference. But in his opening game, he went down with an Achilles tendon in the Hotdog's 84-80 win over Coca-Cola. He finished the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds as Dr. George Canlas confirmed that he is already done for the year.

After recovering from the injury and having a brief stint in China, Cooke played for the Long Beach Jam in the ABA until he broke his left sheen and femur in a car accident in Beverly Hills. He was with his teammate, Nick Sheppard, who was behind the wheel, when their car hit a light post. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Fortunate that his left leg doesn't have to be amputated, Cooke returned to the court, back with the old CBA, with the Rockford Lightning. He was overweight and unmotivated. His basketball odyssey had ended.

"I put him with our trainer and thought that if we help him get back in shape, he can still play somewhere," Lightning coach Chris Daleo said. "Lenny was a likable guy, somebody you wanted around. You just wished you could turn back the clock for him. Even when he was out of shape, literally dragging his leg to make a basket, you could see that he had the tools."

"He is still LeBron – only rawer."

Or rather, the anti-LeBron.

"Every time I go to the Internet and somebody is talking about LeBron and Lenny, you know what I'm saying?" Cooke said. "Give my kids something to read, some way to know without me telling that I was there with LeBron, a guy with $100-million contract. It used to bother me when they said, 'Lenny Cooke was supposed to be something and he isn't.' Not anymore. I'm living my life."

Cooked completely gained weight and worked for a food distributorship to make both ends meet. He is now unemployed.

"I wish somebody would just give Lenny a job," Daleo said. "People who benefitted from him in the past should come out and help him with his finances. He has a family to feed."

A decade ago, Cooke was the hottest commodity in high school basketball. Everybody was kissing his hand, calling him as The King. The jewelries. The entourage. The Mercedes. The lavish parties. And the reported mansion. Everything.

Yes, he used to be The King. But now, he is a pauper.

And his ghost will continue to haunt basketball kids who think that they can get away with everything.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Bmeg Great Win in Digos Against Air21

Marqus Blakely and the B-MEG Llamados brought their energetic game to Digos City, Davao del Sur.

The do-it-all import had another solid all-round game, triggering the Llamados’ onslaught in the second half en route to a 91-78 win over the Air 21 Express in the PBA Governors’ Cup road game on Saturday.

Blakely finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and four blocks aside from displaying energy on both ends of the court for the Llamados, who won their fourth straight game to grab a share of the lead with idle Rain or Shine Elasto Painters with a 4-1 win-loss record.

Air21 suffered its third loss in four matches, dropping into a four-way tie for seventh to 10th places with the Meralco Bolts, Alaska Aces, and Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.

Josh Urbiztondo and James Yap contributed 17 and 16 points, respectively while Rafi Reavis came off the bench to finish with 10 for B-MEG, which trailed 47-44 at the half before making a quick second half turnaround behind their lockdown defense.

The Llamados’ D worked double time as none of the Air 21 locals scored in double figures.

Import Zach Graham carried the fight for the Express with 39 points, but appeared to get tired during the crucial stretch of the game, allowing the Llamados to break the game wide open.

Blakely’s tomahawk dunk off a feed by Mark Barroca gave the Llamados an 81-66 lead with still 6:01 left.

The scores:

B-MEG (91) – Blakely 21, Urbiztondo17, Yap 16, Reavis 10, Pingris 7, De Ocampo 6, Villanueva 5, Intal 4, Barroca 3, Acuna 2, Gaco 0.

Air 21 (78) – Graham 39, Espiritu 7, Arboleda 6, Omolon 6, Ritualo 5, Menor 5, Isip 4, Hubalde 3, Salamat 2, Sena 1, Sison 0, Faundo 0.

Quarters: 25-19, 44-47, 71-60, 91-78


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Black Sakuragi, Marcus Blakely Defense Pushes Bmeg Past Meralco

MANILA, Philippines – Marqus Blakely filled up the stat-sheet anew but it’s his defense that pushed B-Meg past Meralco, 88-83, Wednesday in the 2012 PBA GovernorsCup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Blakely anchored the Llamados’ defense with two key stops down the stretch apart from his usual all-around performance of 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

“I thought I just want to guard the best player,” said the versatile Blakely.

Mark Cardona came alive with 27 points after a forgettable two-point output in his previous outing and did his own damage when the Bolts needed him most.

Cardona, the crafty swingman, fired 11 straight points for Meralco to put his team ahead, 83-81, with 2:35 left.

With James Yap struggling to keep in step with Cardona, Blakely took on the challenge.

Blakely hounded Cardona in the ensuing play and forced a crucial error that eventually led to two free throws by Marc Pingris to give the lead back to the Llamados for good, 85-83.

Yap added 19 points while Pingris finished with 10, including a couple more freebies that sealed the game.

Reynel Hugnatan had the chance to tie the game at 85 but his shot got blocked by Blakely.

Champ Oguchi, who is set to be replaced, continued to dip in performance with just 12 points as he missed all of his attempts from deep.

B-Meg notched its third straight win for a 3-1 card


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yancy De Ocampo Best Player of the Game. Bmeg vs GInebra

Always been regarded as a gentle giant, Yancy de Ocampo is now beginning to make his presence felt in the PBA as a dominant frontliner.

The 6-foot-9 lefty center played yet another solid game, finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds and helping lift the B-MEG Llamados to a 96-88 win over the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

De Ocampo’s game has undergone a resurgence, and coach Tim Cone couldn’t be happier for the big man.

“Yancy is really the key. For the past two games, he averaged 16.5 points in an import-laden conference. He picked up the slack for Ping (Marc Pingris) and Joe (Devance). I felt there’s no one out there who could stop him and we decided to give him the opportunity instead of him being a statue out there,” said Cone.

Peter June Simon made all but two attempts to lead the way for B-MEG with 21 points followed by James Yap, who tallied 18.

The locals’ big game overshadowed import Marqus Blakely’s horrendous free throw shooting. The former Vermont star made only three shots of 15 attempts from the line for a 20 percent clip, but did the dirty work for the Llamados.

“There were a lot of great imports who were not good free throw shooters. I had Sean Chambers, who wasn’ a great free throw shooter. Norman Black wasn’t a great free throw shooter. Shaq O’Neal was not a good free throw shooter, but he won championships,” said Cone.

“Marqus was just amazing. He played an all-around game, blocking shots, getting rebounds in traffic tonight.”

Blakely had 13 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, including a highlight play where he grabbed the ball on an attempted dunk by Ginebra import Cedric Bozeman.

The scores:

B-MEG (96) – Simon 21, Yap 18, De Ocampo 16, Blakely 13, Intal 10, Villanueva 6, Reavis 6, Barroca 4, Urbiztondo 2, Gaco 0.

GINEBRA (88) – Bozeman 30, Raymundo 20, Caguioa 8, Maliksi 7, Canaleta 7, Cortez 6, Hatfield 6, Villanueva 4, Wilson J. 0, Wilson W. 0.

Quarters: 24-22, 51-39, 72-66, 96-88

Source: Reynaldo Belen, InterAKTV

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bmeg Llamados VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Game Result May 25, 2012

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters continued its fine form for the second straight game, defeating the newly-crowned Commissioner’s Cup champion B-MEG Llamados, 100-94, Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The win gave the Elasto Painters the solo lead early in the Governors’ Cup with a 2-0 win-loss slate.

Ryan Arana scored his team’s last five straight points in the final two minutes of regulation before Gabe Norwood, Jamelle Cornley and Beau Belga joined the fray in the extra period, steering Rain or Shine to the impressive victory.

“It’s just a big advantage for us to play B-Meg on their first game. We’re trying to win close games, and this game was a good test for us. In our first game, we had a good lead, but Alaska caught up with us. This game against B-MEG was a big test for us because we faced a champion team,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

The Elasto Painters showed poise under pressure, fighting off a furious rally by the Llamados that erased a 16-point halftime lead.

Rain or Shine trailed by as much as nine points, 63-54, after Peter June Simon hit a three-pointer with 1:54 left in the third period.

The Elasto Painters gallantly fought back, just when they appeared to be losing steam, with Arana’s heroics forcing overtime.

Cornley, Norwood and Belga were able to make big plays in extra period to outlast a Llamados team that missed the services of two key frontliners, Marc Pingris and Joe Devance.

The wide-bodied Cornley had three points in overtime, Norwood had a three-pointer, and Belga scored off a spin move that gave the Elasto Painters a 97-94 lead.

Guiao credited the team’s early preparation for their success to start the tournament, which features a nine-game elimination round that makes every match matter.

“We’ve been preparing hard early in this conference. We know we have to win as many games as we can very early. That’s in our minds,” added Guiao.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE (100) — Cornley 25, Lee 17, Cruz 15, Belga 11, Norwood 10, Chan 8, Arana 7, Quinahan 7, Matias 0, Tang 0, Buenafe 0, Ibanes 0.

B-MEG (94) — Blakely 28, De Ocampo 17, Yap 14, Simon 13, Reavis 7, Villanueva 6, Urbiztondo 4, Intal 4, Gaco 1, Barroca 0, Burtscher 0, Bono 0.

Quarters: 26-19, 42-40, 58-56, 88-88, 100-94


Joe Devance Injury Updates

Apart from missing Marc Pingris who is out two weeks because of a fractured finger, the B-MEG Llamados could potentially be without the services of another key big man, Joe Devance, for a long stretch of time.

B-MEG coach Tim Cone told InterAKTV that Devance is suffering from bone spurs in his knee, a condition that makes it hard for him to bend and extend his leg. One option to alleviate the pain, according to Cone, is for Devance to go under the knife.

“We’ll know on Monday if he’ll get surgery,” said Cone, who added that the procedure would cause the versatile forward to miss the whole conference.

“They’re gonna have to shave off the bone on his knee, because it’s hitting up against ligaments and it’s gonna be very painful.”

Devance was a key cog in the Llamados’ run to the Commissioner’s Cup title because of his flexibility; at 6-foot-7, he could bring up the ball and initiate B-MEG’s triangle offense as a point-forward, allowing him to cause matchup problems for opposing teams.

Source: Jaemark Tordecilla, InterAKTV

Pingris Injury Updates

According to Noli Eala, Marc Pingris will still be out for two more weeks bacause of the Fractured Finger. He will be sideline along with Joe Devance

Friday, May 25, 2012

Bmeg Will Try to Stop Rain or Shine Shoots For Early Governors Cup Lead

Rain or Shine guns for the early lead as it takes on Commissioner’s Cup champion B-MEG in the main game of the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Elasto Painters, coming off a 107-100 demolition of Alaska last Sunday, shoot for a 2-0 start with a win in their 7:30 p.m. encounter against the Llamados.

Barako Bull battles Powerade at 5:15 p.m. in the opener.

“I know B-MEG is short on preparation so this would be the best time to play them,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

“There is no guarantee, of course. B-MEG is still formidable even with the lack of preparation but I would rather play them early than later. It’s very important to win early in a short conference like this,” he added.

The Elasto Painters drew a solid game from import Jamelle Cornley, who had 27 points and 11 rebounds in his debut against the Aces.

They will be facing a B-MEG quintet that had little time to prepare for the season-ending conference after winning the title of the previous tournament against Talk ‘N Text in seven games.

The Llamados will be led by Marqus Blakely, a former Vermont player who had a solid NBA D-League campaign with the Iowa Energy last season where he averaged 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

In the opener, the Tigers hope to bounce back from a 97-83 loss to Petron Blaze as they face debuting Barako Bull.

“It is important to understand that we need to battle each game,” said Powerade mentor Bo Perasol.

“One game will have a significant effect on how we will finish this season. That fact should give us a do-or-die attitude all the time,” he added.

Rashad McCants and Gary David combined for 53 points in their first game but the others failed to deliver for the Tigers.

Barako Bull will be parading Jamine Peterson, a one-time standout from Providence.

“JP Peterson is blending well with the locals plus the veterans are in shape,” said Energy coach Junel Baculi whose team was unbeaten in three pre-tournament games.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

B-meg Targets Back to Back Championship

Never in the 23-year existence of the franchise has B-Meg (formerly Purefoods Hotdogs, Purefoods Carne Norte, Purefoods Corned Beef, Coney Island and B-Meg Derby Ace) won back-to-back titles.

The Llamados, with import Marqus Blakely in tow, start their pursue of that goal in taking on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.

A burning desire to make history could energize the otherwise weary B-Meg squad.

The Llamados are coming off just a 17-day break from their Commissioner’s Cup title conquest as they play the Elasto Painters in the 7:30 p.m. main game in the third play date of the season-ending tourney.

Some of them are still nursing injuries, including Marc Pingris who suffered a dislocated finger during the second conference finals.

They hope to draw the best from Blakely as they look to pick up momentum right away in the Governors Cup that is even shorter than the previous tourney.

“It’s also a sprint and it’s a must that you get to a good start,” said B-Meg coach Tim Cone.

Cone is not unfamiliar to winning successive titles.

For the record, he had got a streak of four championships and a run of three titles with Alaska.

Emerging victorious in the last conference, Cone is now a win shy of tying Baby Dalupan’s all-time best record of 15 championships.

Cone doesn’t deny he wants to match if not surpass Dalupan’s record.

Cone and his troops are hopeful Blakely is a good fit to the team.

Blakely carved a good reputation at Vermont by winning America East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year twice and the America East Defensive Player of the Year Award three times.

He finished his senior season at Vermont in 2010 by leading the America East in steals (2.6 pg) and blocks (1.9 pg), finishing second in points (17.4 pg), rebounds (9.1 pg) and field goal percentage
(54.1%), and came in fourth in assists (3.7 pg).

He finished his career with the Catamounts ranked fifth all-time in scoring (1,875), second in rebounding (1,044) and steals (226), third in blocks (254), and 10th in assists (304). He helped lead Vermont to a 25-10 record as a senior and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The question is whether has Blakely already blended with the Llamados.

“I know B-Meg is short on preparation and this would be the best time to play them,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

“Of course, B-Meg is still formidable even with the lack of preparation but I would rather play them early than later,” Guiao added.

Import Jamelle Cornley produced 27 points and 11 rebounds and the Elasto Painters got off to a winning start in the tourney, repulsing the Alaska Milk Aces, 107-100, Sunday. (SB)


Thursday, April 19, 2012

B-megs Derby Ace Llamados New Import For Governors Cup, Marcus Blakely

Former NBA player who played for Houston Rockets and LA Clippers, Marcus Blakely is a 6-foot-5 High-flyer from Vermont College from 2006-2010. He relies mostly on his athleticsm and upper-body strength to finish of the break.

On his Senior Year, Marqus's average piled up to 17.3
points, 3.7 assist ,9.3 rebounds , 2.4 steals and 1.9 blocks. He gained a reputation at Vermont after he bagged the Kevin Roberson America east Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year twice and America East Defensive Player of the Year Award three-times. He also earned national recognition by winning the 2010 State Farm Division 1 College basketball Slam Dunk Contest. His personally success also enabled the Vermon to reach the NCAA Tournament on his Senior Year/

Despite his Success in Collegiate Ranks, Blakely went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft. He Attended the Summer League for Los Angeles Clippers and later signed a two-year partial guaranteed contract worth of $473,604 per year but he was released immediately just before the season started.

He spent almost A year in the NBA D-League with Iowa Energy and Bakersfield Jam before he agreed in terms with the Houston Rockets on April 12, 2011. 

Noli Eala confirmed this news

With his overall polished game, i think Blakely can do what Gabe Freeman had done to the PBA and Llamados might be a serious title contender next season. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Showtime in the PBA, Bmeg vs Ginebra in the Semis

B-MEG and Barangay Ginebra renew their “Manila Clasico” rivalry Wednesday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City in Game One of their Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series.
The Gin Kings are coming off a long rest, while B-MEG just got done in a gruelling series against the Meralco Bolts. But Ginebra is expected to miss superstar guard Mark Caguioa, so coach Siot Tanquingcen and the rest of the Gin Kings are expected to adjust on the fly.
Can Ginebra buck the loss of its leader? Or will B-MEG take advantage of the wounded Kings?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bmeg Forces Do or Die Game Against Meralco Bolts, Game 3 Quarterfinals

B-MEG came out firing early in the game before having to weather the Meralco charge in the second half to hack out a 95-85 win in Game Two of their best-of-three quarterfinal series of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Llamados’ win leveled their series to 1-all and set up a do-or-die match on Sunday.
Marc Pingris had his best game of the tournament with a personal conference-high of 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting to lead B-MEG to a much-needed win. He added nine rebounds and two blocks.
“The key was we did come out and gave them a physical presence,” said Llamados coach Tim Cone, who also drew 20 markers from Denzel Bowles.

“Meralco did a great job gathering themselves after halftime, they came back and gave us problems. (Earl) Barron was wonderful. We defended him well in the first half but hit some tough shots. The game was in doubt until PJ’s (Simon) breakaway lay-up.”

Manhandled by Meralco in Game One, 103-81, the Llamados came out more prepared and displayed their defensive intensity early on.

That ploy worked as Mac Cardona, who had 22 points in Game One, got ejected at 10:50 mark of the first quarter for hitting Bowles on the head.

He was whistled for a flagrant foul penalty one for the play. Because he was already called for a technical foul seconds into the game, he was thrown out of the playing court.

“If you slap on somebody’s face, that was the right call. That was certainly not our fault,” said Cone.
That inspired B-MEG as it erected its biggest lead at 39-13 before settling for a 52-29 halftime lead.
But Meralco, behind Barron, Sol Mercado and Mark Macapagal, unloaded 39 points in the third period and sliced the lead to 76-68 entering the fourth quarter.

The Bolts came to within six points twice, the last at 91-85, but Simon sealed the win with a breakaway layup to push the score to 95-85 with under a minute remaining.

Barron had a game-high 39 points while Mercado added 18, but only one in the fourth period.
The scores:
B-MEG 95 – Pingris 21, Bowles 20, Simon 15, Urbiztondo 13, Devance 10, Yap 8, Intal 4, Barroca 2, Reavis 2, De Ocampo 0.
MERALCO 85 – Barron 39, Mercado 18, Macapagal 9, Taulava 7, Ross 4, Timberlake 2, Yee 2, Aljamal 2, Cardona 2, Borboran 0, Hugnatan 0.

Quarterscores: 32-13, 52-29, 76-68, 95-85


Bmeg vs Meralco Game 2 Replay Video Of Mac Mac Cardona Ejected

Full game Replay of B-meg Derby Ace Llamados vs Meralco Bolts, on April 04 2012 plus the actual footage of MacMac Cardona getting thrown out of the game due to two consecutive technical foul

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Top 10 Players in Purefoods History

Thanks to for sharing a wonderful list of top 10 players of Purefoods franchise history. So  here they are

Since entering the league in 1988, Purefoods has been the PBA’s glamour team. The retirement of Alvin Patrimonio and the name change from Purefoods to B-MEG has barely dampened the passion of fans for the team. In the initial installment of The List, a new regular feature on InterAKTV, we count down the ten greatest players in franchise history.
But before we get to the Top 10, here are some honorable mentions:
Peter June Simon
A former MBA Discovery of the Year and PBL Most Valuable Player, Simon has spent most of his career as a super-sub backing up James Yap at the shooting guard spot. With the departure of Ryan Gregorio, Simon has found more time in the starting lineup.
Elmer Cabahug
Cabahug was part of the trade that sent Jojo Lastimosa to Alaska, and quickly gave Purefoods the lethal outside gunner they needed to open things up for Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codiñera down low. He had the best years of his career with the Hotdogs, but left acrimoniously because of contract issues with the management.
Noy Castillo
Castillo was Purefoods’ star player during the team’s dark ages, straddling the period when Patrimonio was no longer dominant, and James Yap hadn’t found his groove in the pro league yet. “The Golden Boy” had a happy ending toward the end of his career, helping the team as a role player win the 2006 Philippine Cup title.
Ramon Fernandez
The legendary “El President” was Purefoods’ first superstar after the Ayala squad bought the old Tanduay franchise, but his term didn’t last long. He led the Hotdogs to championship appearances in their first two conferences, but was shipped to San Miguel after accusations that he didn’t play his best during the 1988 All-Filipino finals against arch-rivals Robert Jaworski and Añejo.

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10. Roger Yap

(2001-2002, 2005-2012)
With Roger Yap, the numbers don’t tell the whole story. He was never a big scorer, but throughout his tenure with Purefoods, and later, B-MEG, he served as the vocal leader for the team whose top players were the quiet James Yap and the emotional Kerby Raymundo.
As the starting point guard for two Philippine Cup title-winning teams in 2006 and 2010, Roger was the team’s backcourt defensive anchor, allowing James and Peter June Simon to focus on their offense. His efforts were rewarded, as he was named to the Mythical First Team in 2006 and the Mythical Second Team in 2010 despite modest statistics.

9. Glenn Capacio

A former star scorer for Far Eastern University in the UAAP, Capacio’s calling card in the professional ranks was his lockdown defense. He was vital to the Purefoods cause, often tasked to take on the most dangerous scorers of the opposing teams such as Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, Ato Agustin, Vergel Meneses, and even Jojo Lastimosa. Plus, he had a killer three-point shot that kept defenses honest.

8. Jojo Lastimosa

“The Helicopter” only played three seasons for Purefoods, but he made those three seasons count. The 1988 Rookie of the Year, he helped define the Hotdogs’ character in the early years of the franchise as young men who wouldn’t back down from any challenge. His last conference with Purefoods in the 1990 Reinforced Conference was also the team’s first PBA crown.

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7. Marc Pingris

(2005-2008, 2009-present)
The finals Most Valuable Player of Purefoods’ first championship in the post-Alvin Patrimonio era was neither James Yap nor Kerby Raymundo. It was Marc Pingris, a boundless ball of energy who plays exactly like Slam Dunk’s Hanamichi Sakuragi. It was no coincidence that the team’s performance swooned after he was traded to San Miguel, and that the team regained its championship form after his return. A versatile defender who can guard all five positions, he is just as valuable to the squad as any of its stars on the offensive end.

6. Dindo Pumaren

(1989-1993, 1996-2000)
During the early years of Purefoods, the team had to contend against all-time great point guards like Hector Calma, Ronnie Magsanoc, and Johnny Abarrientos. But the Hotdogs were never outmatched because they had “The Bullet” Dindo Pumaren, one of the league’s best defenders at the position who doubled as the team’s court general. Even though Alvin Patrimonio and Codiñera were the stars of Purefoods, Pumaren was the Hotdogs’ vocal leader who kept everyone in line.

5. Rey Evangelista

Quiet, steady brilliance. That’s what Rey Evangelista brought to the table for the Purefoods franchise in his 16 seasons with the team. He did everything the team asked him — battling bigger men for offensive rebounds, defending the opposing team’s best player, hitting the open three-pointer, even playing point-forward in unconventional lineups. And he did it with little fanfare; do you even remember what his voice sounds like?

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4. Kerby Raymundo

Sure, Raymundo can be too erratic and too emotional, especially at the end of games. He doesn’t always make the best decisions and can be error-prone.
But at his very best, there was no other player in the PBA with Raymundo’s combination of strength, speed, and skill. At his peak, he was damn near unstoppable, punishing smaller opponents in the post, crossing over slower opponents at the top of the key, and banging bodies with behemoths for rebounds at both ends of the floor. When Kerby was good, he was really, really good.

3. Jerry Codiñera

It broke the hearts of millions of Purefoods fans when “The Defense Minister” was traded by Purefoods to Mobiline in 1999 in exchange for Andy Seigle. But Codiñera himself seemed to hold no bitterness toward his old team after the trade. In 2000, when the Hotdogs returned to the Governors’ Cup finals, he was asked in a television program who he wanted to win the title. Codiñera answered, candidly: “Siyempre, Purefoods, for sentimental reasons, ‘di ba?”
He may have been traded, but he never stopped being a Purefoods Hotdog. He will forever remain in the hearts of Purefoods fans, just as the team remained in his.

Pranz Kaeno Billones

2. James Yap

Purefoods fans have Ryan Gregorio to thank for James Yap’s presence on the team today. In the 2004 draft, the coach struck a deal with Shell, who had the first pick, which was asked not to select Yap. In exchange, the Hotdogs agreed to trade center Billy Mamaril to the Turbo Chargers in exchange for Eddie Laure.
His production and success on the court speak for themselves. But what made Yap a critical pick for the franchise was that, in the twilight of Alvin Patrimonio’s career, the team was starting to become irrelevant. Beyond his game on the court, it was his quiet charisma that allowed B-MEG to carry on the torch that began with the earliest Purefoods teams.

1. Alvin Patrimonio

“The Captain” remains the face of the franchise almost seven years after his retirement. His four Most Valuable Player awards are testament to his greatness, and it’s an accomplishment he shares with his idol, Ramon Fernandez.
When it comes to career numbers, Fernandez leads Patrimonio in almost every category, which handicaps the latter in all “Greatest Player Ever” discussions. But here’s something that you can say about Patrimonio that you couldn’t say about Fernandez: he played to win, and left his heart and soul on the court in each and every game he played. For Patrimonio, it’s not even about whether he won or lost; it’s how he played the game.

what can u say Bmeg fanatics

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bmeg Loss to Rain or Shine

It’s not too late for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

Picking up from where they left off in the previous game, the Elasto Painters put up another excellent shooting night to pull off a big 101-95 upset win over the B-MEG Llamados on Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Jeff Chan typified the Elasto Painters’ steady three-point shooting, hitting 5-of-10 from beyond the arc on his way to finishing with 19 points. Overall, the team shot 10-of-23 from the three-point region (43.5%).

“I think this is our best shooting night,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. “We’re still in the fight. We’re just trying hard to prolong our conference and tonight we played probably our best game. We played a good game in our 30-point win versus Air 21, but playing against B-MEG, there’s a lot pressure on us. We’re playing well with our backs against the wall.”

The win was the second straight for the Elasto Painters, who improved its record to 3-5 and climbed into a three-way tie for the eighth to 10th spots with the Petron Blaze Boosters and the Meralco Bolts.
B-MEG suffered its third loss in eight games, but keeps a hold of solo second behind the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters’ 5-2 mark.

Chan drilled in three triples in the fourth period, including his last one that gave Rain or Shine an 84-73 lead with more than eight minutes to go in the period.

Aside from their shooting, it was also their rebounding that proved to be one of the factors for the Elasto Painters’ victory.
“For a small team with a small import, we were able to outrebound B-MEG. As early as the first half, lamang na agad kami ng 11 rebounds,” said Guiao. “Rebounding plus our defense on James Yap, made things possible for this victory. PJ Simon did get his points, but for B-Meg to win, they need their double barrel attack on offense.”

Yap struggled for seven points behind 2-for-13 shooting from the field.
Rain or Shine tries to cap its remarkable run for a possible playoff berth for the quarterfinals when they shoot for a win against the No. 1 seed Tropang Texters on Saturday.

“On Saturday, we want to give ourselves a chance for a playoff or give ourselves a decent ending,” said Guiao. “Whatever happens, we will keep on fighting. This win over B-MEG gives us confidence and a psychological boost versus Talk ‘N Text.”

The scores:
Rain or Shine (101) – Crews 24, Chan 19, Arana 14, Norwood 11, Matias 8, Buenafe 8, Lee 6, Quinahan 6, Tang 5, Belga 0, Ibanes 0.
B-Meg (95) – Bowles 38, Simon 19, Pingris 8, Reavis 8, Yap 7, Barroca 6, Devance 5, Intal 2, De Ocampo 2, Urbiztondo 0, Burtscher 0.
Quarterscores: 18-19; 43-39; 70-64; 101-95.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Easy win for B-meg against Alaska

Denzel Bowles is getting better. So are the B-Meg Llamados, who seem to be peaking just at the right

The 6-foot-10 Lithuanian league veteran finished with 35 points, 18 rebounds and two shotblocks in
powering the Llamados to their fifth win in seven games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the
Cuneta Astrodome Friday night.

“We’re not contented with five wins being the magic number for us to reach the playoffs, we want
to win as many games as possible and get a shot at the top two,” said B-Meg coach Tim Cone

“Denzel played a wonderful game tonight. He can overpower you, but he’s also quick. That’s a
unique combination. He’s coming to his own because he’s slowly starting to realize the
importance of gameplans, his teammates and he can mature right before your eyes. Hopefully, he stays
at a high level. He’s a young guy. He will go up and down a little bit because of his youth, but
he’s really locked in right now,” added Cone of his prized import.

With Bowles in charge, the rest of the Llamados were doing the things they comfortably do.

Marc Pingris concentrated on defense and rebounding. James Yap, PJ Simon and Josh Urbiztondo
provided the scoring sock, but the most important thing for B-Meg’s third straight win was its
solid team defense against Alaska.

“I thought we played better in the previous game. We played good as well tonight. For back-to-back
games, we’re playing at a high level. After playing Ginebra with a big crowd, you had a tendency
to let down. In some ways, we were fortunate that we’re playing Alaska following Ginebra,”
explained Cone.

“We know we’re going to come out tough, but they’re going to play tough as well, but we came
out with so much focus and a good defensive mindset. We were really concerned on controlling LA
(Tenorio), Cyrus (Baguio) and Bonbon (Custodio). We knew Adam Parada was going to get his points
because he’s so big and strong. He will just overpower you at the post.

“Marc and Josh hounded them. And James was amazing tonight, particularly on the defensive end.
We’re not afraid on putting him on anybody at this point. I like his concentration and his
attention to details,” he added.

Parada led the Aces with 24 points, but was outplayed by Bowles in almost all departments. Tenorio
contributed 18 markers built around four triples, but he was only 1-for-7 from the two-point region
and committed three turnovers. His 10 points also came in the fourth quarter when the Llamados were
already leading by as much as 20.

Baguio and Custodio, two players who have thrived on the Aces’ new free-flowing system, struggled
against the Llamados’ defense.

Baguio was held down to only seven points on 3-of-11 shooting while went 0-for-4 and finished with
only one point.

A crippling 23-5 second quarter run with Bowles and Urbiztondo at the forefront, enabled the
Llamados to take a 48-35 lead at the half. B-Meg even padded its lead to as high as 20, 80-60, on
Bowles’ two charities with 6:39 left in the game.

B-Meg held Alaska to just eight points in that second quarter, the lowest by any team in a quarter
this conference and the lowest for a quarter this season for the Aces. (RJ)

The scores:

B-Meg 90 - Bowles 35, Yap J. 14, Simon 13, Urbiztondo 10, Intal 8, Pingris 4, Barroca 2, Burtscher
2, De Ocampo 2, Reavis 0.

Alaska 75 - Parada 24, Tenorio 18, Thoss 11, Baracael 8, Baguio 7, Gonzales 6, Custodio 1, Salamat
0, Eman 0, Reyes 0.

Quarterscores: 25-27, 48-35, 70-56, 90-75


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bmeg 2nd place in PBA Standing


B-Meg stood its ground in a fierce battle with Barangay Ginebra, playing solid throughout to pull
off a 109-93 win and seize solo second place in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round at
the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.

Denzel Bowles matched up well with Jackson Vroman and the B-Meg locals outfought their Ginebra
counterparts as the Llamados closed in on the post-elim plays with a 4-2 win-loss card.

The Kings, with a second straight loss, slid to 3-3, now a game and a half behind the front running
Talk n Text Tropang Texters.

Denzel Bowles, Mark Barroca, PJ Simon and James Yap did the biggest damage on the Kings in this game
watched by a crowd of over 16,000.

“Obviously, we played our best game in the conference. We clicked on all cylinders and that’s
the way to beat Ginebra,” said B-Meg coach Tim Cone.

“We had a good shooting night, making a lot of big shots out there.

They tried to disrupt us and I thought our guards did a good job battling the pressure,” Cone also

The B-Meg bench tactician also felt their big men played tough defense and their import came through
with an exceptional overall performance.

“Denzel played well three ways – defense, offense and getting the rebounds. That’s what
we’re looking for from him. He’s a young guy progressing,” said Cone of Bowles who held his
ground against the older and more experienced Ginebra import.

Bowles attacked Vroman’s defense to help fuel B-Meg’s key closing run that handed the Llamados a
second straight win following their conquest of the Air21 Express in a road game in Tacloban eight
nights ago.

The young B-Meg import wound up with 27 points and 15 rebounds as against Vroman’s 26 markers,
eight boards and eight assists.

Bowles saved his best for last, putting in 10 points in their romp from an 85-all count. From 93-89,
Bowles teamed up with Simon, Yap and Barroca in a decisive 10-to-nothing roll as the Llamados
eventually fended off the Kings, 103-89.

Barroca and Urbiztondo, left to tend the B-Meg backcourt on Roger Yap’s exit, combined for 30
points and six assists.

Simon and Yap fired 18 and 15 points, respectively, as their contribution at wing spot.

The two teams engaged in a battle before B-Meg seized command at the finish. (SB)

The scores:

B-MEG 109 - Bowles 27, Simon 18, Barroca 18, Yap J. 15, Urbiztondo 12, Devance 7, Reavis 5, Pingris
4, De Ocampo 3, Intal 0.

GINEBRA 93 - Vroman 26, Ababou 15, Helterbrand 14, Caguioa 11, Canaleta 8, Raymundo 8, Hatfield 4,
Wilson W. 3, Labagala 2, Cortez 2, Wilson J. 0, Mamaril 0.

Quarters: 20-26, 46-45, 75-69, 109-93

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bmeg's Coach Tim Cone Declines Smart Gilas Offer

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B-MEG coach Tim Cone has declined the offer of incoming SMART-Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes to be part of the national program, citing his other commitments.
“With my involvement in La Salle and my newness in the SMC organization, there’s just too much on my plate at the moment,” wrote Cone in a text message to InterAKTV. The coach joined the Llamados, a team owned by the San Miguel Corporation, just last September, and was named La Salle consultant in January.
“I can’t give the [SMART-Gilas] position the attention it deserves.”
Cone, however, said that the door remains open for him to join the national program in the future once he isn’t as bogged down with his current priorities.
“I did discuss with Chot, and perhaps sometime down the line when things settle a bit, I’ll be able to join him, but there is certainly no deadline.”
Cone earlier said he had wanted to return the favor for Reyes, who served as his assistant in the Centennial Team, the last Philippine squad to win a medal in a high-level Asian competition in 1998.
“I just hate to let Chot down, however, because he’s such a great friend,” added Cone. “But in truth, he has such a tremendous staff already, I’ll hardly be missed.”
Reyes will formally take the reins of SMART-Gilas at the end of the PBA season, after which he will be replaced by outgoing Ateneo coach Norman Black at the helm of the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters. Black is expected to be part of Reyes’ staff at SMART-Gilas, along with Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio and consultant Jong Uichico.
Reyes, for his part, expressed disappointment that Cone would not be able to join him immediately in the national team.
“Disappointed, but I understand why [Tim Cone] declined our invitation for him to join the national team coaching staff. Big loss,” wrote Reyes on his Twitter account.


Bmeg Released Roger Yap to ABL Beermen

The B-MEG Llamados have given an unconditional release to veteran guard Roger Yap, who will be joining the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League.

B-MEG team executive Rene Pardo confirmed the news to InterAKTV on Monday, saying that Yap believes that he will be able to contribute more with the Beermen.

Yap, who turns 35 in August, was drafted by the Purefoods franchise in 2001, and has spent nine of his 11 PBA seasons with the franchise. He was the starting point guard for Purefoods’ Philippine Cup title-winning teams in 2006 and 2010. He was named to the PBA’s Mythical Team in each of those years, including a First Team selection in 2006.
Despite his credentials, Yap has seen his minutes cut this season with the entry of new B-MEG coach Tim Cone, who has opted to play younger guards Josh Urbiztondo and rookie Mark Barroca ahead of the veteran. He is averaging just 19 minutes per game this season, down from 28 minutes per game last year.
Yap’s departure would also pave the way for the return of Jonas Villanueva, who is scheduled to rejoin the team after recovering for a knee injury that has kept him out of the past year.
Yap becomes the second veteran leader to leave the Llamados this season. Prior to the start of the Commissioner’s Cup, Kerby Raymundo left the team in a three-way deal that brought JC Intal to B-MEG.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bmeg Derby Ace Llamados Defeats Air 21 in Tacloban

B-MEG needed a strong finishing kick to repulse the challenge of Air 21, 88-79, and end a two-game slide Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Tacloban Convention Center.

The Llamados used a 16-8 spurt in the first eight minutes of the fourth period to break away from a tight contest and improve their win-loss mark to 3-2 while handing the Express their second straight loss to slip to 1-2.

Denzel Bowles led B-MEG with 27 points while James Yap and Mark Barroca each had 12 points for the Llamados.

“That was a battle for us and they are playing very well so we were not surprised how hard they played us,” said B-MEG coach Tim Cone, who also drew 11 points from Peter June Simon.
“[Marcus] Douthit is really a great import and we were really worried about him today. I though Rafi Reavis played well tonight against him.”
Douthit led Air 21 with 22 points but was a non-factor in the final quarter where the Llamados pull away.

After Ren-Ren Ritualo banged in a triple to trim the lead to 64-62, Yancy de Ocampo and Joe Devance joined forces in leading a decisive 16-8 exchange that allowed the Llamados erect an 80-67 spread with less than four minutes remaining.
Air 21 never had a serious run since.

“We didn’t play the way we wanted to play in the first half,” said Cone whose wards trailed 38-37 after the first 24 minutes.
“We finally got going in the fourth quarter. It brought easy baskets from our defense.”
Ritualo chipped in 16 points for the Express of coach Franz Pumaren.


B-MEG 88 – Bowles27 .. JYap12 .. Barroca12 .. Simon11 .. Devance9 .. deOcampo7 .. Pingris4 .. Urbiztondo3 .. Reavis3 .. Intal0 ..

Air 21 79 – Douthit22 .. Ritualo16 .. Duncil12 .. Jazul7 .. Isip6 ..Omolon5 .. Hubalde3 .. Aquino2 .. Sison2 .. Escobal2 .. Sena2 ..Faundo0
QUARTERSCORES: 21-19 37-38 64-59 88-79


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bmeg vs Talk and Terxt PBA Game Results Febreuary 29 2012

No import and no head coach.

No problem for the defending champion Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.

The back-to-back all-Filipino champs hit 19 three-pointers as Talk ‘N Text played through adversity and emerged victorious over the B-MEG Llamados, 102-96, in Wednesday’s main game of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Jayson Castro made six of his seven three-point shots, including a backbreaking triple off a broken play that effectively sealed the game, and finished with 22 points to lead the importless Tropang Texters.

With B-MEG threatening late in the game after import Denzel Bowles made two free throws to shove his team to within three, 98-95, Castro decided to take matters into his own hands and drove hard to the basket. He got his lay-up rejected by Bowles, but recovered the loose ball and hit a triple that kissed the window before going in for a 101-95 lead with only 25.2 seconds left in the game.

“The only way to beat B-MEG was for us to hit our outside shots and we did it. It’s not everyday we’re going to hit 19 three-pointers and we’re fortunate we were able to do that,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes.

Reyes was ejected from the game in the third quarter for acquiring a second technical foul. He later admitted not knowing that “coaches are not allowed to cross the officials’ table.”
“Ignorance is not an excuse,” said Reyes. “I made a mistake and I took the blame for my ignorance of the rule.”
Reyes, however, praised his team for its excellent job on defense, especially in shackling James Yap and PJ Simon, two of the Llamados’ top guns. Yap was held to only five points on a lethargic 1-for-10 shooting from the field. Simon also struggled for three points on 1-for-4 shooting.
“We played a hell of a game and we had a well-executed defensive game plan,” said Reyes.
Talk ‘N Text got 19 points from Ranidel de Ocampo, 17 from Kelly Williams and 11 from Larry Fonacier as the locals more than made up for the absence of injured import Omar Samhan.
Denzel Bowles led the Llamados with 38 points and 12 rebounds.

The scores:
Talk ‘N Text (102) – Castro 22, De Ocampo 19, Williams 17, Fonacier 11, Dillinger 8, Alapag 8, Carey 6, Peek 6, Gamalianda 3, Reyes 2.
B-MEG (96) – Bowles 38, Devance 19, Pingris 8, Barroca 7, Intal 6, Yap 5, Urbiztondo 4, Yap 4, Simon 3, Reavis 2.
Quarterscores: 28-20; 61-49; 84-74; 102-96.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Alvin Patrimonio Slamdunk

Watch the Captain  with a Lion Heart, Alvin Patrimonio  when he made a tremendous slam dunk in this video from the 1987 slam dunk contest of the Philippine Amateur Basketball League, which featured the biggest stars outside the PBA back then. Jojo Lastimosa, Bong Alvarez, Nelson Asaytono, and Andy de Guzman were expected to battle for the crown, but a young freshman from Jose Rizal University named Vergel Meneses came along to steal it away. The most remarkable part? Meneses was competing as a guest dunker, as he wasn’t even a PABL player yet back then.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bmegs vs Barako bull PBA Results

B-MEG endured a tough game in its second straight outing, having to battle Barako Bull with import Denzel Bowles mired in foul trouble.

But Joe Devance stepped up as the Llamados outlasted the Energy, 88-86, for their second straight win in the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Devance finished with 26 points while Marc Pingris, JC Intal and James Yap helped B-MEG rally from a double-digit deficit in the first half.

“We were playing hard, but we were not playing smart in the first half. You need to do both,” said B-MEG coach Tim Cone

“We didn’t have the concentration which we wanted in the first half. We were throwing the ball and we even couldn’t make a couple of inbounds.”

Bowles played limited minutes after picking up three fouls in the first quarter. He committed another foul after returning in the second period, as Barako took a 52-41 lead at the half.
Barako padded its lead to as high as 14 points, 55-41, in the third quarter, but the Bowles helped B-MEG come back with 10 points in the period while Devance and Pingris combined for 15.
Pingris had two dunks, including a thundering putback dunk over Mark Andaya that led to a three-point play. His short stab with 1:24 left in the third quarter gave the Llamados the lead.
The fourth quarter was a nip-and-tuck affair, with B-MEG taking an 87-83 lead entering the last two minutes off six combined points from Devance and Bowles.

The Llamados was still holding on to that lead when Willie Miller hit a clutch three-pointer with 11.1 seconds left to cut the Barako deficit to one point, 87-86.
Barako sent Josh Urbiztondo to the foul line in the next play. The guard split his charities, giving Barako one last chance.
The last play was designed for Miller, who was able to shake off three B-MEG defenders, but missed a potential game-tying banked shot as the final buzzer sounded.
“I’d like to tip my hat off to Pingris, who played a tremendous second half. JC also did a great job defensively while Roger [Yap] stepped up down the stretch for the second straight game for us,” said Cone.
Pingris achieved a milestone on Wednesday by becoming the 42nd player to join the 1,000-offensive rebound club. He was the fifth player to reach the feat this season after Kerby Raymundo, Sonny Thoss, Don Allado, and Rico Villanueva.

Bowles had 19 points for the Llamados while James Yap, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, added 14.

Barako import DerMarr Johnson, who posed problems for the Llamados’ wingmen in the first half, scored 21 points, but was limited two only two points in the second half. Don Allado added 14 points for the Energy, which lost after winning its opener versus Alaska last Friday.
The scores:

B-MEG (88) — Devance 26, Bowles 19, Yap 14, Pingris 9, Intal 8, Urbiztondo 4, De Ocampo 3, Reavis 2, Yap, R. 2, Barroca 1, Simon 0.
Barako Bull (86) — Johnson 21, Allado 14, Pennisi 12, Miller 9, Tubid 8, Pena 7, Arboleda 5, Salvador 4, Lanete 2, Andaya 2, Najorda 2.
Quarterscores: 26-23; 41-52; 69-71; 88-86

Patrimonio and Cone's Perception on Bmeg's Import Denzel Bowles

B-MEG coach Tim Cone and team manager Alvin Patrimonio both think the squad has found a gem of an import in Denzel Bowles.
A 22-year-old former college star at James Madison University, Bowles is only in his second tour of duty overseas, after playing earlier this season in Lithuania. But while both Cone and Patrimonio are thrilled by Bowles’ potential, they think there still is a lot of room for improvement for the young reinforcement.

“Denzel, he’s on the floor, and he’s a dominant guy, but we can’t have him on the floor for a very long time because of foul trouble,” said Cone after Bowles played limited minutes in B-MEG’s win over Barako Bull because of foul trouble.
“He’s so valuable in our team and we cannot afford to lose him. That’s something that he needs to learn that there are fouls that you don’t have to give up. He needs to improve on that as he gets along as well as his defense. That’s not only for himself but also when he pursues his NBA dream in the future.”
Patrimonio, meanwhile, said that Bowles could play with more fire.
“He needs to play aggressive,” said Patrimonio, who was known for his fiery competitiveness during his Hall of Fame PBA career.
“He has the potential to become a dominant import. He’s 22 years old, but he needs to work on his aggressiveness to show that he belongs in the PBA.”


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

JC Intal And Kerby Raymundo Stats on their Debut Games

JC Intal and Kerby Raymundo both involved in the recent trade had their game debuts for their new teams.

Ginebra vs Petron – Ginebra won 84-82
Kerby Raymundo Ginebra debut
10 points and 6 rebounds
-5/16 from the field
-No Free throw attempt
-3 turnovers
-Played 31 minutes

B-Meg vs Meralco – B-Meg won 96-93
JC Intal B-Meg Debut
-10 points and 6 rebounds
-4/6 from the field
-2/2 from the Free throw line
-1 turnover
-Played 15 minutes only due to an injury

JC Intal injury update:
(JC Intal @jcintal6 Tweet: “Just got home from cardinal santos. Nothing serious guys. I just have to rest and ice it. Thank u for all ur tweets. Good win tonight B-Meg.”)

(Bianca Gonzales @iamsuperbianca Tweet: “jc just had an x-ray and there’s a dent on the bone of his ribs, he will have to rest, but he’s okay. hope he gets well soonest.”)

Now, let’s move on from this trade. Congrats B-Meg and get well JC!

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Bmeg Vs Meralco Results

Bowles stars as B-MEG outlasts Meralco

B-MEG coach Tim Cone expected a tough battle in his team’s first game against the Meralco Bolts.

“The first game is always a struggle, that’s for sure. You’re not clean on what you do and you get distracted. We were distracted in the second quarter and we lost that big lead,” said Cone.

“But what I found out with these guys is that they don’t panic right away. We got our game under control in the second half and played the way we wanted to play.”

The Llamados squandered a 15-point lead in the first period, but recovered in time to settle for a 96-93 win over the Bolts on opening day of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Denzel Bowles, B-MEG’s celebrated import, put up decent numbers of 27 points and 11 rebounds in his debut game while Josh Urbiztondo and Roger Yap played key roles in the second half, allowing the Llamados to get their second wind and pick up a win in this short import-laced conference.

“Denzel played as good as advertised,” said Cone. “We’ve just talked about him and for good reasons. He just ran out of steam in the second half and I had to give him quick breaks. But Rafi Reavis did a tremendous job covering up for him.”

“Denzel played with two other imports in the European League and he’s been averaging 25 minutes in a 40-minute game, unlike here where he had to play 48 minutes and see action for 35 to 40 minutes per game,” added Cone.

Despite looking visibly tired in the second half, Bowles was able to make key plays for the Llamados, including two monster alley-oop dunks off passes from Urbiztondo.

“We’ve been working on it during practice,” said Bowles, who had an impressive stint in Lithuania before joining the Llamados.

Cone also heaped praise on Roger Yap, who did an excellent job guarding Mac Cardona for several stretches. Cardona was having a scorching night, finishing with 32 points, but Yap put the lock on the prolific scorer late in the game.

“Roger did an excellent job on Cardona and once he started doing that, I couldn’t take him out,” said Cone.

Yap’s three-point play started a short 6-0 run that gave B-MEG an 89-76 spread with 4:51 left, but Meralco, behind Cardona, was able to mount another rally.

Cardona’s two free throws shoved the Bolts to within three points, 92-89, with 48.6 seconds remaining, but Bowles and Urbiztondo combined to make four of six free throws in the Llamados’ next three plays to seal the win.

The scores:

B-MEG (96) – Bowles 27, Yap, J. 18, Urbiztondo 10, Intal 10, Simon 10, De Vance 7, Yap, R. 7, Pingris 5, Barroca 2, Reavis 0, De Ocampo 0.

Meralco (93) – Cardona 32, Famous 24, Artadi 13, Ross 7, Borboran 6, Hugnatan 6, Macapagal 3, Espinas 2, Timberlake 0, Taulava 0

Quarterscores: 33-18; 43-46; 73-71; 96-93
B-MEG (96) – Bowles 27, Yap, J. 18, Urbiztondo 10, Intal 10, Simon 10, De Vance 7, Yap, R. 7, Pingris 5, Barroca 2, Reavis 0, De Ocampo 0.

Meralco (93) – Cardona 32, Famous 24, Artadi 13, Ross 7, Borboran 6, Hugnatan 6, Macapagal 3, Espinas 2, Timberlake 0, Taulava 0

Quarterscores: 33-18; 43-46; 73-71; 96-93


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Trade Rumors : Kerby Raymundo to Ginebra

If plans come to fruition, versatile big man Kerby Raymundo could be wearing a Ginebra uniform when the PBA Commissioner’s Cup starts next month.

Multiple sources told InterAKTV that B-MEG is working on a deal to send the 31-year-old forward to the Gin Kings. The Llamados could receive a package that includes Ginebra center Enrico Villanueva and forward JC Intal.

But since the two franchises are sister teams under the San Miguel Corporation umbrella, PBA rules allow no direct player transactions to be made between them. A source privy to the negotiations said that Barako Bull could serve as the third franchise in the deal, and that more players could be involved.

A 10-time all-star selection and a three-time member of the PBA mythical squad, Raymundo has been part of the Purefoods franchise since 2002, winning the Governors’ Cup finals Most Valuable Player award in his first tournament with the team. After missing most of last season due to injury, the former Letran stalwart made a triumphant return for the Llamados in the Philippine Cup, ranking first on the team in assists, second in rebounding, and third in scoring.

Curiously, B-MEG, Ginebra, and Barako Bull were also involved in a blockbuster deal last conference that sent Llamados forward Rico Maierhofer and Energy rookie Allein Maliksi to the Gin Kings.

Source: Reynaldo Belen, InterAKTV

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Prospect Import of Bmeg, Denzel Bowles To join Llamados

Denzel Bowles, a marquee import prospect who has been excelling in Europe, will be joining B-MEG for the Commissioner’s Cup, which enforces no height limits on imports.

Llamados coach Tim Cone confirmed that Bowles has been able to get out of his commitment with Siaulai, a club team from Lithuania which competes in the Elite Division of the Baltic Basketball league, to fly to the Philippines on January 15.

“He has an out built-in to his contract, which we explored,” wrote Cone in a text message to InterAKTV. The veteran coach earlier expressed concern that Bowles would not be available because of the contract.

“He was able to get out of his contract with his club team from Lithuania. Only some minor details are needed to be fixed and he should be good to come over.”

Adding Bowles is a coup for the Llamados, who are aching to bounce back from a shocking loss in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals at the hands of Powerade. Before plying his wares in Europe, the 6-foot-10, 260-lb. Bowles was a star for the US NCAA’s James Madison University, where Cone’s daughter Nikki currently attends for college.

In his last game for Siaulai, Bowles finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in leading his squad to a 110-104 double overtime win over Rudupis. His contract with the club was originally set to expire in April.

Source: Reynaldo Belen, InterAKTV 

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