B-MEG shoots for a commanding 3-1 lead against Talk ‘N Text in Game Four in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven championship series Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Llamados and the Tropang Texters tangle at 6 p.m. right after the league honors the Best Player of the Conference and Best Import of the tournament.
B-MEG grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series after knocking off the defending champions in Game Three, 91-87.
Import Denzel Bowles was instrumental in Llamados’ pivotal win after posting 28 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.
“He’s a mature young man at 22 and one thing that amazes me about Denzel is his resilience. He always comes back with a monster game every time he had a subpar performance the previous game,” said Cone.
Bowles had a crucial turnover in their 104-102 loss in Game Two. He was saddled by foul trouble in Game Three, but managed to stay effective and contribute to the win.
James Yap (21 points), Josh Urbiztondo (12) and Peter June Simon (12) also contributed on offense while B-MEG’s defense held the Tropang Texters to just 35% shooting from the field.
Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes is hoping for a better team effort in Game Four in order to prune down the series into a best-of-three affair.
Reyes called out Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo after the Game Three loss.
“We’re not going to beat them unless Ranidel de Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag are back from a vacation,” he said.
Alapag had six points on 2-of-13 shooting while De Ocampo attempted only twice and finished with a single point on a free throw in 23 minutes.
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