B-MEG needed a strong fourth quarter performance to break away from a tight contest and post a 76-65 win over the hard-fighting Shopinas.com on Wednesday in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mark Barroca keyed the Llamados’ fourth-quarter surge and finished with a career-high 13 points, allowing B-MEG to deal the Clickers their sixth loss in as many games to remain winless in the tournament.
Peter June Simon fired a game-high 18 points while James Yap added 12, nine of which came in the final quarter when he and Barroca anchored the run to give their team its third win in seven games.
“Mark was phenomenal,” said B-MEG head coach Tim Cone. “I told [B-MEG assistant] Jeff [Cariaso] he’s everywhere. He blocks shots, gets rebounds, fights screens. He really reminds me of a young Johnny Abarrientos.”
“I’m really happy for him. He will be a great player in this league and I said that in the beginning.”
Elmer Espiritu paced Shopinas with 13 points as the lone Shopinas player in double figures, with James Sena and Rj Jazul coming close with nine points apiece.
Despite their offensive struggles, the Clickers managed to stay close in the first three quarters and trailed only by three-points, 51-48, entering the fourth quarter.
But the Llamados unloaded a 22-8 run in the first seven minutes of the final canto to erect a 72-56 margin with 4:34 left in the game.
Jojo Duncil ended the Shopinas drought with a jumper but time was not on their side to absorb their sixth straight defeat. The Clickers are now the only team in the tournament that has yet to get a win following Alaska’s victory in the first game over Barako Bull.
“Our defense turned the game up,” said Cone, who admitted that he’s not happy with their current 3-4 win-loss slate right now.
“We’ll try to work our way up to 0.500. From there, it will be a new whole season for us. We’re not happy with the record but I truly think the players feel good about their game.”
The Clickers simply lost their focus in the game especially Ogie Menor, who was thrown out in the game for incurring a technical foul and a flagrant foul.
Llamados veteran guard Roger Yap was also tossed out of the game for two technical foul.
B-MEG 76 – Simon 18, Barroca 13, Yap J. 12, De Vance 9, Raymundo 7, Pingris 5, Urbiztondo 4, Reavis 3, Yap R. 3, Maierhofer 2, Acuna 0.
SHOPINAS.COM 65 – Espiritu 13, Sena 9, Jazul 9, Hubalde 8, Duncil 6, Canlas 5, Mirza 5, Ritualo 5, Menor 4, Aquino 1, Sison 0, Hermida 0, Daa 0, Se 0.
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