For all the marbles
May 4, 2012 by Sydrick Salazar
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When almost 75 percent of the offense revolves around two players, it’s either these guys are extremely hot… or the rest of the team is on a slump.
For B-Meg, it’s the latter.
The Talk N Text Tropang Texters unleashed The Blur on the B-Meg Llamados to extend the series for a do-or-die matchup, 92 to 82. Showing grace under pressure, the Tropang Texters persevered and kept their hopes alive despite falling down early with a first quarter romp. Jayson Castro exploded with 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter while Ranidel De Ocampo, freed from Marc Pingris’ defense finally scored 15 points. Jared Dillinger displayed another sterling performance with 16 and Donnell Harvey scored 11 points as did Ryan Reyes. Chot Reyes was relaxed unlike in the past games and it looks as if he has surrendered his fate to the Llamados.
But it’s the other way around.
By the way, Quinito Henson should NEVER EVER hold his pink handcuffs. If that “thing” had feathers, little kids will cry at his sight.
James Yap and Denzel Bowles played significantly and like I said, they had almost 75 percent of the team’s output. Bowles tore the house down again with 33 points while James Yap had 27 markers. However, B-Meg failed to draw great games from Peter June Simon, Joe Devance, and Josh Urbiztondo. Simon was the team’s most potent weapon in their first five games and in this game, the streaky shooter was shut down because of injury.
Another player that ceased to matter was Marc Pingris. After playing 18 minutes in the first half, Sakuragi was benched and thus the hustle and muscle he hands out were parked on the side. Vic Sotto must be pissed at the sight of his son-in-law in the bench but what can he do, right? Perhaps if Ping scored more playing time, Ranidel De Ocampo wouldn’t have gone berserk. Tim Cone insisted on playing Game 5 hero Yancy De Ocampo and beanpole Rafi Reavis because they want Bowles to concentrate on offense and they want to limit Donnell Harvey’s effectiveness. Pingris may not match Harvey but since when has this stopped him from making his best Hanamichi Sakuragi impression?
Besides, with their offense lacking, Pingris could have been their third gunner.
This was really B-Meg’s problem in this game. Without Simon and Pingris, Yap and Bowles had to take in the scoring cudgels. Yeng Guiao stated that the triangle offense revolves around ball movement but the Llamados could only cough up eight assists. If their assist count is not eight then I apologize but to really add fuel to the fire, Chris Ross average less than seven assists in this conference.
You mean to tell me that Ross is almost as better as the entire B-Meg roster?
Hopefully Talk N Text remembers what they did in Game 6 because they have the tendency to forget things that previously worked. All of a sudden, the Tropang Texters are able to find a way to score from beyond the arc. They also made mincemeat out of B-Meg’s dreaded “Bermuda” triangle defense. These are two important aspects that make up what B-Meg is all about. If TNT explodes for the second time then the momentum brought by their Game 6 win will catapult them to the title.
But of course it’s not as if B-Meg can’t do anything about it.
Who will be the hungrier?
Find out this Sunday.