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.
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