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B-Meg advances to PBA finals for second straight conference with close win vs Ginebra

By: - Editorial Assistant / @CalvinCordova
/ 08:44 AM July 21, 2012

The B-Meg Llamados will contend for the championship again as they earned a retrun trip to the finals with a down-the-wire 74-72 win over the Barangay Ginebra Kings last night in their do-or-die showdown of the 37th PBA Governors’ Cup at the packed Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Tied at 72-all, Peter June Simon completed a putback with 2.5 seconds left to give the Llamados a two-point lead that eventually sealed the win as B-Meg arranged a best-of-seven title series with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

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The title duel begins tomorrow.

“PJ was at the right place at the right time. It was big shot after big shot and big stop after big stop,” said B-Meg head coach Tim Cone, who sealed his league-leading 25th finals appearance.

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Cone led the Llamados to the Commissioners Cup title in his first conference with the team.

Known as a team which thrives at crunchtime, the Kings caved in in the crucial moments of the game.

With the score knotted at 72-all, the Kings had the possession inside the final 43 seconds.

Instead of going for two-for-one possession, import Cedric Bozeman wasted time before passing the ball to Kerby Raymundo, whose three-point shot with 19 ticks left went awry.

In the next play, Marqus Blakely bungled a baseline jumper but Simon corraled the rebound and in one motion put the leather back in.

Raymundo failed in his desperation three in the game’s final play.5.154

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