MANILA, Philippines – A historic game. A historic series.
B-MEG dethrones Commissioner’s Cup defending champions Talk ‘N Text in an epic game 7 finals that went into overtime, 90-84.
The Llamados relinquished their lead in the first quarter and their best local player, James Yap, did not make a single field goal in the second and third quarters but they fought back, tied the game at the end of regulation, and let Denzel Bowles takeover in overtime.
Down by two points with only 12 seconds left in the final quarter, B-MEG had 2 chances to knot the game at 76. Yap and Bowles both missed layups but Bowles was fouled on the play. The 23-year-old import hit both clutch free throws to put the game in overtime.
Denzel Bowles was unstoppable in the extra period scoring basket after basket helping B-MEG keep the lead.
B-MEG ended the first quarter ahead by 3, 21-18 thanks largely to the efforts of Peter June Simon and import Denzel Bowles.
Talk ‘N Text drew a big game from Reigning MVP Jimmy Alapag who finished the game with 29 points after averaging only 7.5 for the first 6 games. Alapag shot well from downtown hitting 7 out 11 three-point field goals.
Bowles finished the game with 39 points to go along with 21 rebounds and 3 blocks. James Yap scored only 12 points but took home the Finals Most Valuable Player award for his efforts throughout the entire series. This is Yap’s 2nd Finals MVP trophy, his first was during the 2009-2010 Philippine Cup.
PBA Statistician Fidel Mangonon III notes on micro-blogging site Twitter that this is the first PBA Finals game 7 to go into overtime since the match against Sunkist and Alaska back in 1995.
The game drew a massive 21,046 crowd but failed to beat the 22,905 record set by the 2008 Game 7 Fiesta Conference match between Air21 and Ginebra.
Read our stories on the first 6 games of the series:
Game 1: Simon pushes B-MEG to game 1 win
Game 5: B-MEG takes pivotal game 5