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)