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Derby Ace gets 1st win against Meralco

Philippine Basketball Association 36th Season
2010-2011 Philippine Cup
B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados vs Meralco Bolts
Derby Ace wins 75-71

Best Player of the Game: Rico Maierhofer – 9 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks

The B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados finally gets its first win in the current PBA Philippine Cup and it was at the expense of the Meralco Bolts who is now handled by former Derby Ace Coach Ryan Gregorio. Derby Ace is now tied with Meralco with 1 win and 3 losses.

Rookie of the Year Rico Maierhofer was named Best Player of the Game after controlling the boards with 14 rebounds and being the defensive stopper for B-Meg with 5 blocks. MVP James Yap, playing without the protective mask led Derby Ace with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks.

Newcomer Jerwin Gaco contributed 10 points while Maierhofer, Adducul and Salvador had 9 points each. This is also the first win in the PBA for Coach Jorge Gallent.

Congratulations to Derby Ace and Jorge Gallent!

Game scores:

Derby Ace 75 – Yap J. 13, Gaco 10, Maierhofer 9, Salvador 9, Adducul 9, Simon 7, Villanueva
6, Yap R. 6, Canaleta 4, Allado 2, Acuna 0.

Meralco 71 – Cardona 24, Omolon 17, Espinas 12, Aquino 6, Ross 5, Belga 2, Escobal 2, Aljamal 2, Taulava 1, Mirza 0, Gamalinda 0, Weinstein 0, Daa 0.

Quarterscores: 21-18, 36-37, 60-5, 75-71

Derby Ace now 0-3

As we all know, Derby Ace Llamados is now 0-3 to start the PBA Philippine Cup, although they still have time to recover, the injuries has really affected the team. Their interior defense is different without Marc Pingric and Rafi Reavis and I think they are still adjusting to their new coach, Jorge Gallent. And MVP James Yap may still be bothered playing with a face mask.

What do you think management should do to improve the team? Please leave your comments below, thank you!

Head Coach Jorge Gallent

Jorge Gallent will be taking over the head coaching job for B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados. There were a lot of candidates from Purefoods/San Miguel/Ginebra Teams but SMC decided Gallent is a right fit for the Llamados. Gallent joined Purefoods mid 2008-2009 season as an assistant coach to new Meralco Coach Ryan Gregorio.

As a player in the PBL, Gallent won seven (7) championships with Stag Pale Pilsen/Tanduay Rhum in the PBL under head coach Alfrancis Chua. And as a coach, he won six (6) titles with the Harbour Centre squad. And he hopes to bring this championship experience as player and coach to the Purefoods franchise and also defend the All-Filipino Cup in the 36th Season.

Only Koy Banal and Dayong Mendoza are still under contract as assistant coaches for Derby Ace. Congratulations Coach Jorge Gallent and Good luck!