MANILA, Philippines – Denzel. Monster. Bowles.
The B-Meg import was a beast scoring 34 points and hauling down 14 rebounds en route to a 108-84 victory for the Llamados who convincingly closed out their semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra.
The GinKings got off to a hot start leading by as much as 14 points, 25-11, early in the first quarter but B-MEG bounced back and ended the quarter behind only by 6 markers, 31-24.
B-MEG started to get back in the game and eventually took the lead in the latter part of the 2nd quarter thanks to consecutive turnovers by Ginebra. The Kings did not make a single field goal with six minutes left before halftime.
Several Ginebra players also got into early foul trouble sending the Llamados to the line for 44 freethrow attempts. Mark Caguioa, who was not in uniform for Ginebra, also got a technical foul for constantly complaining against the referees’ calls.
B-MEG’s strong play carried over in the 3rd quarter highlighted by a James Yap triple that put the score at 78-59 in favor of the Llamados.
Ginebra on the other hand continued to play horribly with import Jackson Vroman getting called for his 5th foul with 2 minutes left in the 3rd. Dylan Ababou was the lone bright spot for the Kings who top scored for his team with 17 points but fouled out with a little over 11 minutes left to play in the final quarter.
Bowles punctuated the victory with two fastbreak alley-oop jams. Ginebra import Vroman joined Ababou in the ‘graduates’ list in the middle of the fourth quarter. Vroman did not score a single field goal in the fourth quarter in the entire series.
B-MEG coach Tim Cone will be making his 24th finals appearance as the Llamados will face the winner of the Barako Bull vs. Talk ‘N Text series on Monday.
“It’s good to be back in the finals,” he said. – Rappler.com