B-MEG gains 2-0 edge over struggling Ginebra in PBA semis
MANILA, Philippines - The B-Meg Llamados are a win away from advancing to the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.
The Barangay Ginebra Kings were in the thick of things until B-Meg's Peter June Simon and Marc Pingris took it up a notch late in the game to seal the win for the Llamados, 83-77.
"Scoring Apostle" Simon scored 8 of his 15 points with 2 minutes left in the game, including a breakaway basket that broke the deadlock and gave B-Meg a 77-75 lead with 2:01 left in the final canto.
"Sakuragi" Pingris made a key defensive stop also late in the game when he blocked Ababou's shot that would have kept the game close.
KG Canaleta lead the GinKings with 19 points but could not duplicate his heroics that pushed the Kings to the outright semifinal spot. Ginebra import Jackson Vroman was also limited offensively making only 3 of his 10 attempts for only 10 points.
The win was also extra sweet for 2-time MVP James Yap as he scored his 700th career 3-point field goal in the 1st quarter. Yap joins an elite list of 3-point bombers including "The Triggerman" Allan Caidic and Ronnie Magsanoc -- both are members of the PBA's 25 Greatest Players of All-Time.
The GinKings now face the daunting task of winning 3 straight games to advance to the finals. The Llamados will be looking to knock them out in Game 3 set on Sunday. - Rappler.com