B-MEG shackles Ginebra, takes solo second

For a tough five-minute stretch in the fourth quarter, B-MEG played tenacious defense and held usually explosive Barangay Ginebra to a lone field goal.

That stretch late in the game proved to be the turning point for the Llamados, who banked on their defense to pick up a big 109-93 triumph over the Gin Kings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The win was B-MEG’s second straight and improved its record to 4-2 to take second place in the standings. Barangay Ginebra absorbed its second consecutive loss and fell to 3-3.

The Llamados outscored Ginebra, 14-2, by notching one stop after the other to turn a close game into a rout.

Denzel Bowles knocked in seven of his game-high 27 points in the crucial stretch while James Yap hit a triple and Mark Barroca drilled in a jumper to put the game away and knock the spirits out of the Gin Kings, 103-89, with only 1:30 left to play.

The scores:

B-Meg (109) – Bowles 27, Barroca 18, Simon 18, Yap 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 3, Labagala 2, Cortez 2, Wilson, J. 0, Mamaril 0.

Quarterscores: 20-26; 46-45; 75-69; 109-93.

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