27 June 2011

Bolts 92, BMeg 104

Bolts vs BMeg
Whether it’s his true worth or not, Stefhon Hannah showed it a little late.

Hannah found a good rhythm in the second half, piling up 23 points to help B-Meg to a 104-92 win over Meralco in the PBA Governors Cup at The Arena in San Juan Sunday night.

It could well be his farewell game in a short stint in the local pro league since the team's import replacement prospect in Darnell Hinson was to fly in later in the night.

"Yes he (Hannah) played well tonight. It's his first good game in four outings, and we just can't wait for another good game from him or we’ll be in trouble again," said B-Meg coach Jorge Gallent.

"We need consistency para naman guys like James Yap and Peter June Simon need not exert so much effort offensively. Kailangan pa nila dumepensa," Gallent added.

Gallent said the team coaching staff finalizes their decision on their import in a meeting right after the game.

But indications suggest B-Meg would bring Hinson, not Hannah, to Dubai for a game with Talk n Text Thursday.

B-Meg forced a four-way logjam at fourth with Alaska and Petron as the Llamados topped the Bolts with a strong final half.

From a slim 44-42 halftime lead, B-Meg opened a double-digit cushion at 67-56 on an attack spearheaded by James Yap.

With Yap sustaining his torrid shooting and Hannah picking up his game, the Llamados seized control in the third and roared to a fifth win in six meetings with former coach Ryan Gregorio.

"We learned from our mistakes in our game against Alaska where we melted down in the fourth quarter. Our energy lasted for 48 minutes in this game," said Gallent.

Yap went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and finished with 26 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with over two minutes left to play.

The Llamados found no problem despite the early ouster of the two-time MVP winner with Hannah, Simon and Joe De Vance keeping the team afloat.

De Vance wound up with 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Simon ended up with 17 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Yap and De Vance teamed up in a fiery shootout with Champ Oguchi and Gabby Espinas early on.

Both pairs combined for 27 points in the first half marked by six deadlocks and nine lead changes.

Hannah, who went 0-of-3 from the field in the first half, got going in the third period, coming through with 11 points on a triple, a pair of charities and three twinners. (SB)

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