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Barako, B-Meg draw first blood in PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis

Rappler.com
Barako Bull Energy and B-Meg Llamados both take game 1 of their semifinals match ups.

MANILA, Philippines – The Barako Bull Energy pulled off a surprise win over PBA Commissioner’s Cup defending champs Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters Tuesday night, 84-77, while the B-Meg Llamados surprised the Spark-less Barangay Ginebra Kings on Wednesday, 82-67.

Barako veterans stepping-up

Former PBA MVP Danny Seigle showed flashes of his ‘Dynamite’ self scoring 19 points for the Barako Bull Energy but it was another veteran who was named player of the game — Dorian Peña was bullish down in the paint scoring 11 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.

Barako coach Junel Baculi said the Texters simply were rusty coming off nearly a 2-week break after securing an outright semifinal spot.

The Texters lost a key bigman in Kelly Williams as he sustained an injury in his cheekbone area after colliding with Barako guard Ronald Tubid.

Jayson Castro led the charge for Talk ‘N Text with 27 markers but got no contribution from reigning PBA MVP Jimmy Alapag who went scoreless missing 5 attempts from beyond the arc.

Ginebra could not find the mark

The Barangay Ginebra Kings who also secured an outright semis spot struggled mightily on offense playing sans injured star player Mark ‘The Spark’ Caguioa. Ginebra scored only 67 points for the game which is the lowest output by any team in the tourney according to PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon III.



The GinKings led early in the game but could not conquer B-Meg’s smothering defense ultimately falling in the 3rd quarter of the game.

Llamados import Denzel Bowles finished the game with a double-double effort scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds but it was Yancy de Ocampo who was named player of the game due to his defense on Ginebra import Jackson Vroman who was clearly bothered by the physical play and was called for a flagrant foul after pushing de Ocampo’s face in the final canto.

The Llamados led by as much as 25 points and sealed the victory with 8 minutes left in the game. – Rappler.com

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