B-MEG and Powerade meet in a crucial road game in Legaspi City on Saturday with the outcome having a big say on their respective semifinal bids in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Llamados, who lost to Talk ‘N Text, 89-72, in their last outing, are currently in second place with a 5-3 win-loss mark, but have yet to lock up at a semifinal berth.
A victory for Powerade will improve its record to 5-4 overall, but remains short of advancing into the next round. Only a Meralco loss to Barako Bull on Sunday would pave the way for the Tigers’ safe passage into the semis.
The Tigers are coming off a 91-78 setback to the Bolts last Sunday.
For the Llamados to formalize their entry to the semis, top local gunners James Yap and PJ Simon must recover from their poor showings against the Texters last Wednesday.
Yap, B’Meg’s leading scorer, scored just nine points on an awful 2-for-18 shooting from the field, while Simon was held scoreless in 16 minutes.
The Llamados also hope to get the same production from import Marcus Blakely, who had 19 points and 16 boards, and Josh Urbiztondo, who buried three triples on his way to 14 points.
The Tigers, on the other hand, expect import Omar Sneed and Gary David to carry the load for the team. Sneed had a double-double of 23 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists against the Bolts, while David finished with 20 points.