PBA Semifinals Roundup: April 11-12, 2012

Mike Cortez and the rest of the Gin Kings stumbled and fell in Game One
of their Semifinals series with the B-Meg Llamados.

 *All images are by Paolo Papa/InterAKTV.com

B-Meg coach Tim Cone insisted, somehow, they have Meralco to thank for in drawing first blood in their semifinal duel with Barangay Ginebra.

Toughened up by their highly physical semis battle with the Bolts, the Llamados showed up the Kings in the opener of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four.

The Llamados showed physical and mental toughness, overcoming a poor start and winning in runaway fashion. In this series opener, the Llamados climbed out of an early 15-point hole and showed tremendous sustaining power, dominating the Kings in the final half.

The Kings got off to a strong start, but tapered off in the second quarter and failed to recover, terribly missing the services of injured star Mark Caguioa. Jackson Vorman sizzled with seven points, five rebounds and three assists in the opening period, but he himself cooled down in the next three quarters. Probably due to frustration, Vroman lost his cool in his rugged battle with Yancy de Ocampo in the second half. He incurred a flagrant foul penalty 1 for shoving De Ocampo’s face.

Marc Pingris also drew an F1 earlier in a collision with Enrico Villanueva. Pingris’ infraction, however, seemed to fire up his teammates even more. The Llamados made a big turnaround from a 15-point deficit early on, building 20-point spreads in
the fourth quarter and breezing through in what was expected to be a slam bang match.

BML 82 - Bowles 21, Simon 13, Devance 9, Yap 9, De Ocampo 9, Urbiztondo 6, Reavis 5, Intal 4, Pingris 4, Villanueva 2, Barroca 0.
BGK 67 - Vroman 10, Labagala 10, Villanueva 8, Hatfield 8, Cortez 7, Canaleta 6, Helterbrand 6, Ababou 5, W. Wilson 4, J. Wilson 2, Raymundo 1, Mamaril 0.
QS: 8-21, 33-29, 60-42, 82-67

Jackson Vroman (L) was the focal point of attention,
but it wasn't the good kind, as he got slapped with a Flagrant 1.
Marc Pingris channeled Hanamichi Sakuragi as
the Llamados continued their postseason run.

Riding the courageous acts of Kelly Williams and Donnell Harvey, Talk n Text sprang
back strong from its Game One defeat, clobbering Barako Bull in the second game of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinal showdown.

Williams and Harvey both played through pain, providing the Texters a big push as they got back at the Energy, avenging their 77-84 loss in the series opener. Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes said the key was that they held their ground in Game Two.

Williams and Harvey showed their teammates the way, enduring their injuries as they fought through. The two bucked their injuries, combining for 36 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and six blocks. They were right there as the Tropang Texters went on a rip-roaring run in the fourth quarter to win the game with plenty to spare.

Ranidel de Ocampo proved to be a big matchup problem for Barako early on with the agile forward connecting practically from all over as the Texters took the half at 55-45. The former St. Francis Assisi stalwart knocked in three triples, four twinners and a charity for 18 points that went with three rebounds and one assist in the first 24 minutes of play.

TNT 123 - Harvey 24, De Ocampo 18, Fonacier 14, Reyes 13, Williams 12, Alapag 12, Castro 10, Dillinger 9, Carey 6, Raymundo 3, Gamalinda 2, Aguilar 0, Alvarez 0, Lao 0.
BBE 98 - Freeman 20, Allado 20, Seigle 16, Tubid 10, Miller 10, Aquino 6, Najorda 5, Salvador 5, Pena 4, Arboleda 2, Cervantes 0, Pennisi 0.
QS: 24-25, 55-45, 88-76, 123-98

The Texters regrouped just in time to tie the series at 1 game apiece.
Jayson Castro was a significant contributor
as TNT got Game 2.
Danny Seigle had a tougher time creating for
himself as TNT tightened up their defense on him.

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph
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