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B-Meg defeats Air 21, advances to the next round

Philippine Basketball Association 36th Season
2011 Governors Cup
B-Meg Llamados vs Air 21 Express
B-Meg defeats Air 21, 111-89

Darnell Hinson led B-Meg in the next round by scoring 31 points (10/20 from the field) along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in his farewell game for the Llamados. Hinson will fly back to the US to attend a hearing custody of his daughter and B-Meg has already scouted a replacement just in case Hinson won’t be back for the PBA Governors Cup semifinals.

Joe Devance was named Best Player of the Game with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in his 8th game for the Llamados. The duo of James Yap and Peter June Simon combined for 27 points while Marc Pingris almost had a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Rafi Reavis in just his 4th game back from an injury grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and also scored 8 points.

With the win, B-Meg has now 4 wins and superior quotient over Meralco and Powerade, thus completing the 6-team semifinals (Petron, TNT, ROS, Ginebra, Alaska and B-Meg) where there will be a single round robin (games in the elimination round are carried over). If a team wins 4 out of 5 semifinal games, they earn a playoff incentive for a finals berth even if they are below the standings. The top two teams after the semifinals or the winner of the playoff incentive will advance to the best-of-seven finals.

Game scores:

B-Meg 111 – Hinson 31, Devance 23, Yap J 15, Simon 12, Pingris 11, Reavis 8, Yap R 8, Fernandez
3, Gaco 0, Escobal 0, Adducul 0.

Air 21 89 – Bangura 20 ,Canaleta 18 ,Najorda 12, Sharma 12, Arboleda 7, Avenido 6, Salvador 5,
Hontiveros 5, Espiritu 3, Artadi 1, Cabahug 0, Urbiztondo 0, Juntilla 0.

Quarterscores: 26-25, 57-45, 89-72, 111-89.

Next Game: B-Meg vs Air 21

B-Meg Llamados vs Air 21 Express
Friday, July 15, 5:30pm, Araneta Coliseum

Current Standing:
B-Meg Llamados: 3 wins, 4 losses
Air 21 Express: 0 wins, 6 losses

Breaking News:
B-Meg Import will play his last game tonight as he needs to go back to the US to attend a court hearing case regarding the custody of his daughter. B-Meg already have prospects for their next import but no confirmation yet on who will replace Hinson if the Llamados advance to the next round.

Prediction:
A must win game for the Llamados to keep them alive for the next round. B-Meg by 12 points.