B-Meg tops Ginebra, moves a win away from PBA finalsBy Mark Giongco
MANILA, Philippines—Peter Jun Simon scored B-Meg’s final eight points to help the Llamados survive Barangay Ginebra, 83-77, Friday and moved a win away from the finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Simon tallied 11 of his 15 points in the final quarter which included a crucial steal and drive that put B-Meg ahead for good, 77-75, at the last two minutes of the highly physical game.
The fiery shooting guard iced the game with six pressure-packed free throws.
Nino Canaleta stepped up in place of the injured Mark Caguioa with timely baskets en route to a team-high 19 points.
The Gin Kings though, missed Jackson Vroman’s offensive night as the usually productive import struggled.
Vroman equaled his poor Game One output with 10 points as he looked indecisive at times and was visibly bothered by the Llamados’ defense.
B-Meg came through late despite no point-production from import Denzel Bowles.
Bowles still ended up with the game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds.