B-MEG drew a solid game from import Denzel Bowles and booked an easy 90-75 win over Alaska Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Bowles finished with 35 points and 18 rebounds to overpower his counterpart Adam Parada and lead the Llamados to their fifth win against two losses to remain second in the team standings.

The locals also contributed big B-MEG with James Yap (14 points), Peter June Simon (13) and Josh Urbiztondo (10) hitting double figures.

It was Urbiztondo who sparked B-MEG’s breakaway in the second period as the Llamados were never seriously threatened after the break.

“Denzel had a wonderful game tonight. He has overpowered guys and he’s starting to realize the importance of game plan,” said B-MEG coach Tim Cone.

“We’d like to get to the top two seed that’s the ultimate goal. Five guarantees us a playoff but it does not guarantee you the top two.”

Parada had a quiet 24-point output for the Aces, whose two-game streak was snapped to fell to 4-4.

Alaska took control of the game early and Mac Baracael’s triple gave the Aces a 30-25 advantage early in the second period. But Bowles and Urbiztondo starred in B-MEG’s 23-5 windup to end the half with a 48-35 lead.

Llamados’ advantage reached as high as 20, 80-60, on Bowles’ two free throws with 6:39 remaining in the game.

Alaska had a 9-2 run to trim the lead to 82-69, but a quick 6-1 exchange capped by Yap’s three-pointer pushed B-MEG’s lead back to 12 points with under two minutes remaining in the game.

The scores:

B-MEG 90 – Bowles 35, Yap J. 14, Simon 13, Urbiztondo 10, Intal 8, Pingris 4, Barroca 2, Burtscher 2, De Ocampo 2, Reavis 0.

ALASKA 75 – Parada 24, Tenorio 18, Thoss 11, Baracael 8, Baguio 7, Gonzales 6, Custodio 1, Salamat 0, Eman 0, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 25-27, 48-35, 70-56, 90-75

Source: InterAKTV

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