Thursday, 24 March 2011

B-MEG wins in OT, hands Gilas first loss

Posted by chardyboy on Thursday, March 24, 2011 0 comments

source: Nelson Beltran (

MANILA, Philippines – B-MEG Derby Ace, minus main man James Yap and four other key players, defied the odds, snapping Smart Gilas Pilipinas' five-game winning streak with an 98-90 overtime victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum tonight.

The Llamados put up a brave stand and pounced on a big opportunity when Marcus Douthit limped out of the court and failed to return after suffering a sprained ankle late in the third period.

Marc Pingris and Kerby Raymundo came through with huge double-double games, dominating the boards in giving the Llamados a tremendous boost in stopping the Nationals’ stirring unbeaten run.

Shamari Spears, PJ Simon and KG Canaleta also had their shining moments as Derby Ace checked a two-game skid and improved its win-loss record to 3-4.

Spears put in 26 points and eight rebounds in what could be his farewell game in the local pro league. A prospective replacement in Courtney Beasly, Southern Mississippi, is arriving Friday or Saturday.

“Our idea was to keep it close and try to win it in the end. We’re able to do just that,” said Derby Ace coach Jorge Gallent.

The Llamados, also minus Rico Maierhofer, Jonas Villanueva, Don Allado and Rafi Reavis, outrebounded the Nationals, 70-49, with Pingris accounting for 19 and Raymundo 12.

“It helped that we played good defense, had a good rotation and had a big break with Smart Gilas losing Douthit,” Gallent added. “We’re able to go to the posts with Douthit no longer on the floor.”

The Llamados had a chance to win the game in regulation but Simon missed a jumper inside the paint at the buzzer.

Chris Tiu forced the 86-all deadlock on a sidestepping drive off Canaleta with 43.9 seconds to go.

Spears missed a long shot in the ensuing play but made up for it with a defensive gem on Tiu, giving the Llamados the last possession in regulation play.
The scores:

B-Meg Derby Ace 98 – Spears 26, Simon 20, Pingris 18, Raymundo 17, Canaleta 13, Yap R. 4, Gaco 0, Fernandez 0, Escobal 0, Adducul 0.

Smart Gilas 90 – Baracael 19, Tiu 16, Lassiter 14, Douthit 14, Barroca 7, Casio 6, Aguilar 6, Slaughter 5, Lutz 3, Ababou 0, Ramos 0.

Quarters: 17-20, 37-42, 63-67, 86-86, 98-90


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