FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Games Tuesday (Smart-Araneta Coliseum)

5:15 p.m. — Petron Blaze vs Alaska

7:30 p.m. — B-Meg vs Talk ’N Text

MANILA, Philippines — With the way James Yap, Peter June Simon, and rookie Mark Barroca are playing, streaking B-Meg hopes to exact revenge against the undermanned defending champion Talk ’N Text squad when they clash Tuesday in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The Llamados and the Tropang Texters collide at 7:30 p.m., right after the 5:15 p.m. encounter between the Petron Blaze Boosters and the Alaska Aces at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
B-Meg is on a five-game winning streak – big thanks to the splendid performance of Yap, Simon and Barroca that saw them beat Rain or Shine (102-100), sister-team Barangay Ginebra (88-76), Alaska in double overtime (92-86), Meralco (95-79) and newcomer (76-65).

B-Meg is currently in solo third place at 7-4 behind Talk ’N Text’s 8-2 card and Petron’s 8-3 slate. The three teams are fighting for the best two records after the elimination round, which carries twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.

Opposite Rain or Shine, the 6-foot-3 Yap, a former two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP), scored 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field. Yap is averaging 22.2 points in the Llamados’ five-game win streak.

Simon, on the other hand, averages 15.75 points in four matches after missing one game due to an ankle injury, while Barroca – originally the No. 5 pick in the PBA Rookie Draft by but was dealt to B-Meg – has stepped up with 12.8 points per game.

The Llamados, however, will face the Texters who suffered a 131-96 defeat to the Powerade Tigers Sunday night.

It was the second worst defeat in franchise history for Talk ’N Text since in a 110-73 setback to Purefoods back in 1998 Commissioner’s Cup.

Talk ’N Text coach Chot Reyes tweeted after the game, saying: “W/out our top 4 defenders – peek, Ryan, JD & Aaron were sitting ducks. We're back to being d worst defensive team in d PBA, & it showed tonyt.”

Still recovering from their injuries are center Ali Peek (gunshot wound in the nape), guard Ryan Reyes (MCL) and forward Aaron Aban (ACL), while the status of reigning MVP Jimmy Alapag (ankle), forward Jared Dillinger (heel) remains day-to-day.

Despite TNT’s setback, B-Meg coach Tim Cone expects the defending champion to bounce back hard.


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