B-Meg, Meralco begin quarterfinal duel
MANILA, Philippines – B-Meg Derby Ace will take on rising Meralco as they begin their best-of-three quarterfinal duel on Sunday for the right to face Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
The Llamados, who are still aching from their loss to the Gin Kings last Friday, barely got a breather before playing the Bolts.
“We don’t have much time to reflect or feel bad. It’s all about bouncing back and refocusing,” said B-Meg coach Tim Cone in PBA.ph.
Ginebra entered the semis via a 93-84 thumping of B-Meg.
B-Meg will need to beat Meralco twice to gain a semifinal entry.
“We have a resilient group. We’ll show up ready against Meralco,” said Cone.
The Bolts, on the other hand, are coming off a hard earned win over Powerade Tigers, 102-98 to qualify for the quarters.
Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said they will again rely on their defense, especially against a team that has a deep bench.
“The 1-4 (win-loss) team a few weeks ago is now a 4-1 team in the last five games. Our turnaround is brought about by our strong commitment to defense,” he said.
“The challenge against B-Meg is how to keep in step with their roster power. Our perspective is simple -- the game is 5 on 5, and for as long as we have guys inside, we will compete till the end,” added Gregorio.
Expected to deliver for the Llamados are Denzel Bowles, James Yap, PJ Simon and Josh Urbiztondo.
Players to watch out from Meralco’s roster are Earl Barron, Macmac Cardona and Asi Taulava.
Game time will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.