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.
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