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James Yap spews fire as Llamados equalize anew
James Yap spews fire as Llamados equalize anew Rico Maierhofer and Marc Pingris dominated the offensive boards in the endgame, helping B-MEG Derby Ace notch a series-tying 98-93 win over Talk 'N Text Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum. James Yap scored a game-high 26 points and KG Canaleta notched his first double-double in two seasons with 19 points and 13 rebounds. But it was the younger pair coming up with the clutch points in the stretch that enabled Derby Ace to withstand a gritty comeback by the Tropang Texters from as much as 21 points down and level the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. "Those guys, Ping and Rico, are very good offensive rebounders and they just did their roles," said Llamados head coach Jorge Gallent. "Iyon naman talaga ang role ko, more on offensive rebounding. Kaya when coach told me to "Do your thing, grab those rebounds,' tumatak sa isip ko," related Maierhofer, who wound up with 10 points and seven rebounds, six off the offensive glass. Last year's Rookie of the ...



Talk 'N Text reclaims upperhand, 2-1
Talk 'N Text reclaims upperhand, 2-1 Talk n Text took to heart its sorry loss in Game Two and made up for it with a businesslike job in Game Three. The Tropang Texters fought with great resolve and utterly dominated the B-MEG Derby Ace Llamados for a 92-78 victory and a 2-1 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal showdown at the Araneta Coliseum Friday night. Working hard on both ends, the Texters seized control early and refused to relax in scoring the lone blowout win in both semis showdowns so far. All ...


B-MEG Derby Ace evens series with gutsy Game 2 win
B-MEG Derby Ace evens series with gutsy Game 2 win James Yap played sick, struggled with his shooting and spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench. So with the game on the line, guess who played the hero's role? Right. James Yap. The B-Meg Derby Ace star made a free throw then came up with key defensive stop in the dying seconds of Game 2 as the defending champion Llamados held off a late charge by Talk 'N Text for a thrilling 88-87 victory Wednesday that evened their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at one game ...


James counting on Simon in Game 2
James counting on Simon in Game 2 Even a two-time Most Valuable Player in James Yap knows exactly he can't do it by his lonesome if Derby Ace is to get past top seeded Talk 'N Text in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series. And so he expects help to come by when Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is played on Jan. 5 at the Araneta Coliseum. Yap specifically singled out backcourt partner Peter June Simon to go out battle-ready for the all-important match after struggling with his shots in the series opener, which the ...


Talk 'N Text claims Game 1
Talk 'N Text claims Game 1 James Yap won the scoring duel but Jimmy Alapag won the war. The fierce Talk 'N Text guard completed a rare four-point play in the stretch, giving the Tropang Texters the cushion they needed to quell a big Derby Ace uprising in a 98-91 win Sunday night in the opener of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Alapag nailed a booming three-pointer while drawing a foul from Jonas Villanueva with 2:07 left in Game 1 of the best-of-seven ...


Last 2 Philippine Cup champs start best-of-7 semis
Last 2 Philippine Cup champs start best-of-7 semis Just how tough no.1 seed Talk 'N Text is as a semifinal opponent opposite defending champion Derby Ace? Jorge Gallent, the Llamados' rookie but definitely battle-scarred mentor, thinks the team needs to play perfect no less, to beat the hell out of the powerhouse Tropang Texters. "We need to play a near-perfect ball game just to have a 50-50 chance in beating Talk 'N Text," he said. "We all know how deep Talk 'N Text is, and we just have to put a stop in their running ...


B-Meg Derby Ace books semis seat
B-Meg Derby Ace books semis seat B-Meg Derby Ace won't go through a wringer on the way to the next round. The Llamados kept their mastery of the Meralco Bolts B-Boys, completing a two-game sweep of their best-of-three quarterfinals showdown to book a slot in the PBA Philippine Cup Final Four. James Yap and his teammates actually faced some anxious moments Wednesday night but survived, pulling off a 92-88 win that sent them to the best-of-seven semifinals versus the Talk n Text Tropang Texters. Game One of the Derby ...


By The Numbers
Conference Highs
Minutes 49, vs. MB, 106-97, W, OT, Dec 17
Points 42, vs. A21, 102-97, W, Nov 10
Off. Rebs. 5, vs. MB, 75-71, W, Oct 20
Def. Rebs. 5, vs. TNT, 88-87, W, Jan 5
Assists 3, vs. ROS, 94-86, W, Nov 19
Previous Game: Jan 8, 2011
Opponent TNT Tropang Texters
Result 98-93, W,
Minutes 36
Points 16
Off. Rebs. 1
Def. Rebs. 2
Assists 0