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B-MEG banked on the big shots of James Yap and rookie Mark Barroca to nail a thrilling 92-89 win against Alaska in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Yap scored eight of his 24 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the second overtime period, while Barroca netted a career-high 22 points as the Llamados’ win-loss record finally went above the .500 mark at 5-4.

Kerby Raymundo also had a solid game with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists while Marc Pinrgis contributed 10 for B-MEG.

“It was an epic game,” said Llamados head coach Tim Cone, who is now 2-0 against his former team. “Game of big shots and big stops and every possession seemed that way.”

“Hats off to [Alaska] coach Joel [Banal]. He brought a perfect game plan. It just so happened that we have James and they didn’t.”

LA Tenorio finished with 28 points, the second highest mark of his career, but was slowed down by cramps in the latter stages of the game as the Aces absorbed their seventh loss against a solitary win.

Cyrus Baguio added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jay-R Reyes also had a double-double effort with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Sonny Thoss chipped in 13 points, but Alaska’s stars just couldn’t hit the shots toward the end.

Reyes had a chance to win the game in regulation but his undergoal stab misfired.

Alaska was in full control of the game in first overtime with an 80-75 lead after Mac Barcael’s three-pointer with 2:25 left.

But Yap and Barroca hit huge shots in the ensuing plays with the latter tying the count at 80-all on a steal off Reyes.

Baracael had the chance to reclaim the lead but missed a difficult reverse. Barroca’s fade-away jumper kissed the rim, leading to a second overtime.

Yap took over in the next stage, hitting all his attempts in the period, including a tough jumper to give the Llamados a 92-87 advantage with 43 seconds remaining.

“Very, very important for us to go over .500,” said Cone. “Two or three weeks ago, we’re in 9th place, now I think we’re tied for 5th. We’re now making our move and that’s very important for us.”

The scores:

B-MEG 92 – Yap J. 24, Barroca 22, Raymundo 14, Pingris 10, De Vance 9, Maierhofer 5, Urbiztondo 2, Ferriols 2, Reavis 2, Yap R. 2.

ALASKA 89 – Tenorio 28, Baguio 17, Reyes 14, Thoss 13, Baracael 7, Custodio 4, Dela Cruz 4, Eman 2, Salamat 0, Sotto 0.

Quarters: 22-25, 34-35, 56-53, 73-73, 80-80, 92-89


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