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.