Behind the heroics of Peter June Simon, who played with an injury, B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados has finally won their first game in this very short 2011 Governor's Cup against the Powerade Tigers. The final score was 103 to 90 in favor of B-Meg.
Simon had 33 points in this game as he took charge of the scoring chores because their import, Steffhon Hannah has been struggling to score just like in their first game in Tacloban against Rain or Shine. Simon played as if he doesn't have an injury. He showed his inside and outside skills. Making great lay-ups to finish several fast breaks. He also made several three point shots in this game. Big Game James Yap also made some crucial shots including a 3-pointer in the 3 minute mark of the 4th quarter while Powerade was making a mini-run. That three pointer killed Powerade's confidence. James had 14 points in this game.
Joe De Vance on the other hand had showed his importance for B-Meg. With Kerby Raymundo out indefinitely, De Vance had to score, rebound and defend in the shaded lane for B-Meg. He made great stops against the aggressive attacks of Chris Porter and Sean Anthony. De Vance had an impressive 21 points in this game.
Chris Porter at the same time carried his team but he fell short in the end. He went into foul trouble in this game. Bong Ramos tried his very best to preserve his dynamic import but still, B-Meg made some critical back breaking shots that neutralized them while they were trying to make a run. Porter only had 17 points in this game because he needed to slow down because of getting into foul trouble.
The story of this game lies on the great lead management of B-Meg when they had the lead in the 2nd quarter courtesy of Simon's hot shooting. He made 10 straight shots that made him score a lot of points. From then on, they were able to preserve their lead up to the last buzzer, much like a good father of a family.
Coach George Galent thanked Simon for his great performance in this game. He said:
“PJ really gave us a big lift. He provided us the energy and the points and got us going in the second quarter.”
Peter June Simon, the best player of the game, was interviewed after his great game. He said:
“Nakuha ko yung rhythm ko [sa second quarter] kaya gumanda ang pakiramdam at tumaas ang kumpiyansa ko.”
Meanwhile on the import battle, the bigger and more aggressive Chris Porter outshone Steffhon Hannah. Hannah only had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals in this game while Porter scored 17 points. But the bright side for B-Meg in this game was that Hannah is slowly getting his confidence back. For sure he will be better in their next games. The most important thing for now is that they've got their first win in this very short Governor's Cup. Air 21 on the other hand continues to go down in the standings with 2 losses and 0 wins despite having the tallest import in the league right now.
Here are the complete individual team scores of this game courtesy of PBA.ph.
B-Meg 103 - Simon 33, De Vance 21, Yap J. 14, Hannah 8, Allado 8, Yap R. 7, Gaco 6, Pingris 4, Villanueva 2, Fernandez 0.
Powerade 90 - Porter 17, Macapagal 13, Anthony 12, Lanete 11, Quinahan 9, Calimag 8, Gonzales 8, Allera 5, Reyes R. 4, Cruz 3, Reyes J. 0, Rizada 0, Espino 0.
Quarters: 20-33, 49-48, 74-64, 103-90