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Published on November 20, 2011

B-Meg went to other sources when James Yap struggled as it turned back a fiesty Brgy. Ginebra, 88-76, Sunday night to improve to a share of fourth with Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. 

Yap ended up leading five other teammates with double-digit scores with 17 points but it was the uncanny tandem of Marc Pingris and Roger Yap who came through in the clutch, firing six points apiece in the crucial stretch to help seal it for the Llamados. 

It was B-Meg's fourth straight victory and sixth overall to jump to a joint No. 4 with the Bolts and just a full game behind the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and Petron Blaze Boosters, who are jammed at No. 2 on 7-3 cards.

"Well, our guys made some really tough plays down the stretch, we really made good hustle and individual plays down the stretch," said B-Meg coach Tim Cone. 

Lightning-quick rookie Mark Barroca continued to impress and wound up with 14 points he topped with five boards, three assists and a steal while Simon, Josh Urbiztondo, Pingris and Kerby Raymundo chipped in 12, 10, 10 and 10 points, respectively. 

The Kings, who were spearheaded by Jay Jay Helterbrand's 17 points, had all the chances of snatching the win but didn't have enough left in the tank in the stretch to fall to their fifth defeat against four wins that was good for No. 7. 

B-Meg attempted several times to pull away but everytime it did Ginebra had all the answers including one stretch when superb passing led to a wide open JC Intal layup and a 55-all deadlock. 

Six straight baskets capped by a Mark Barroca jumper and a James Yap layup gives the Llamados a 61-55 lead at the end of the third quarter. 

Ginebra bombarded B-Meg with triples in the second period and even snatched a 32-31 upper hand in the middle of the quarter with Mark Caguioa accounting for two triples and JC Intal and Jayjay Helterbrand one apiece. 

Rookie prize find Mark Barroca, picked fifth overall in this year's PBA rookie draft, unloaded an eight-point barrage as B-Meg willed its way back to regain control, 44-38, at the end of the first half. 

With Yap and Josh Urbiztondo erupting for nine points each, the Llamados took a 24-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

The scores: 

B-MEG 88 - J. Yap 17, Barroca 14, Simon 12, Urbiztondo 10, Pingris 10, Raymundo 10, Yap R. 7, De Vance 5, Reavis 3, De Ocampo 0. 

GINEBRA 76 - Helterbrand 17, Villanueva 13, Intal 10, Wilson W. 10, Cortez 10, Caguioa 6, Mamaril 4, Canaleta 3, Maierhofer 2, Wilson J. 1, Labgala 0, Tubid 0. Quarters: 24-19, 44-38, 61-55, 88-76


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