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Sister teams B-MEG and Barangay Ginebra clash after trading key players in an important tussle in the 2011 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

A few days after swapping players, the Llamados and the Kings collide in the main game at 5:30 p.m. Alaska and face off in the opener at 3:15 p.m.

B-MEG and Ginebra were involved in a three-team trade that also involved Barako Bull where the Kings acquired Rico Maierhofer from B-MEG and rookie Allein Maliksi from the Energy. The Llamados received 6’9 center Yancy de Ocampo in return for Maierhofer.
“Ginebra is always the toughest opponent. Controlling their guards is always a huge challenge and defensively, they are always hard to score on,” said B-MEG head coach Tim Cone whose team is currently tied with Meralco in the standings with 5-4 mark each.

“We’ll have to keep our poise and see if we can keep the Ginebra crowd out of the game,” he added.

The Llamados will be facing Maierhofer for the first time since the trade.

Cone insists the deal was actually a win-win situation for the involved teams. “The trade of Rico for Yancy was about finding a place where Rico could receive substantial playing time and have more opportunity to grow as a player and then getting Yancy to fill a need in our lineup,” Cone said.

“Yancy is a prototypical triangle center and we feel in time, that he’ll be successful with us.”

The Llamados are on a roll, winning their last three assignments, the last one against Alaska, 92-89, in double overtime.

Ginebra is at the lower half of the standings with 4-4 mark and co-head coach Siot Tanquingcen said the team needs to start racking up wins to have a better spot in the next round.

But Tanquingcen knows the Llamados are playing their best basketball now.

“It’s always tough playing such a talented team as B-MEG and especially now they’ve gotten more accustomed to the system of coach Tim as shown in their last few games,” said Tanquingcen.

“We need to work doubly hard on defense to minimize their efficiency,” he added.


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