PBA Semis Roundup: April 16-17, 2012

JayJay Helterband and the Gin Kings are off
to reflect on what went wrong.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/InterAKTV.com)
After a slow start, the B-MEG Llamados turned things around with a strong seven-minute stretch in the second period where they held the Barangay Ginebra Kings without a field goal. That set the tone for B-MEG’s impressive Game Four triumph Tuesday night to barge their way into the finals of the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Denzel Bowles bounced back with a strong game, while Marc Pingris anchored the Llamados’ defense as B-MEG finished the semifinals with their most decisive win of the series.

After Jayjay Helterbrand hit a three-pointer at the 7:28 mark of the second period, the Llamados’ defense worked double time, not allowing the Gin Kings a single shot from the field. That allowed B-MEG to make a blistering 21-4 run to turn a 42-37 deficit to a 58-46 halftime advantage. It was an all Llamados show from there, with James Yap joining in the scoring fray in the third quarter, wherein he score 9 of his 16 points. His three-pointer at the 4:02 mark of the quarter gave the Llamados a 78-59 lead..

The closest the Gin Kings could come was 13 points on a basket by Mike Cortez early in the fourth quarter, but Ginebra couldn’t sustain its rally, especially with import Jackson Vroman in foul trouble. The end came for Vroman and the Gin Kings when the import picked up his sixth and final foul with 5:56 left on a loose ball scramble against Pingris.

Bowles, who had a measly 11-point output in Game 3’s loss, bounced back with a 34-point, 14-rebound performance. Joe Devance added 18 points while Peter June Simon chipped in 11.

BML 108 – Bowles 34, Devance 18, Yap 16, Simon 11, Pingris 7, Barroca 5, Intal 5, Villanueva 5, De Ocampo 4, Reavis 2, Urbiztondo 1, Acuna 0, Gaco 0.
BGK 84 – Ababou 17, Vroman 14, Cortez 13, Canaleta 12, Helterbrand 10, Hatfield 8, Raymundo 5, Labagala 3, Mamaril 2, Wilson 0, Villanueva 0.
QS: 24-31; 58-46; 86-71; 108-84

Joe Devance was potent off the bench as the Llamados
clinched the first Finals berth.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/InterAKTV.com)

Denzel Bowles thoroughly tore apart the Ginebra frontline
in the series-clinching win.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/InterAKTV.com)

With their backs against the wall, the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters showed poise inside the court, letting their game do the talking. The defending champions blew past Barako Bull in Game Four of their semifinals series Monday night to force a do-or-die fifth game.

Despite receiving a boxer’s cut near his right eyebrow after an accidental elbow by Don Allado, Ranidel de Ocampo finished with 23 points to lead the Tropang Texters’ assault.

Their lead went up by as much as 29 points, 80-51, in the third quarter. Each of the 14 Talk ‘N Text players scored for coach Chot Reyes, who warned that the series is far from over. Reyes said his wards need to be ready for the knockout match, which is expected to be a physical affair.

Apart from shooting well, Talk ‘N Text also mustered great defensive effort to contain Barako Bull import Gabe Freeman, who scored just six points. It was the lowest output for the two-time Best Import in his 59-game PBA career dating back to 2009.

TNT 108 – De Ocampo 23, Harvey 12, Dillinger 12, Castro 12, Williams 11, Peek 8, Gamalinda 7, Fonacier 7, Aguilar 4, Carey 4, Raymundo 2, Reyes 2, Alvarez 2, Alapag 2.
BBE 90 – Seigle 20, Miller 10, Allado 10, Pennisi 9, Aquino 7, Najorda 7, Salvador 7, Tubid 7, Freeman 6, Gatumbato 5, Arboleda 2, Sorongon 0, Cervantes 0, Weinstein 0, Pena 0.
QS: 30-23; 55-42; 89-64; 108-90

Ranidel De Ocampo bucked a cut near his right eye to lead
the Texters into Game 5 of their semis series with Barako Bull.
(image by Paolo Papa/InterAKTV.com)
Donnell Harvey flushes one down as the Texters
reign supreme in Game 4.
(image by Paolo Papa/InterAKTV.com)
Rich Alvarez (R) and the TNT defense were able to
put the clamps on Barako Bull's Gabe Freeman.
(image by Paolo Papa/InterAKTV.com)

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from interaksyon.com/interAKTV
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