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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Bmeg Llamados: Season Ender / What They Need




Of all the SMC teams, B-Meg is perhaps the most deprived. Last season, they may have had Joe Devance but he more disrupted B-Meg’s play which was built upon the super quintet of two-time MVP James Yap, super sub Peter June Simon, Pinoy Sakuragi Marc Pingris, Kerby “The Kid” Raymundo, and the ever-so-dependable Roger Yap.

When Tim Cone came aboard though, it was certain that the B-Meg Llamados Ryan Gregorio nurtured for years were rubbed off by Cone’s ever-so-effective triangle offense. Then the missing pieces kicked in. Last season’s neophytes Devance and Josh Urbiztondo were joined by JC Intal and Yancy De Ocampo from Ginebra and Smart-Gilas mainstay Mark Barroca via draft.

Tim Cone’s magic gave the group a championship title in the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governor’s Cup runner up.

Not bad for a first year coach and his mind-numbing system.

Note: These players last played for the Llamados this season – regardless if they were cut or sent to the reserved list in the duration of the season.


THE BACKCOURT

Who in their right mind won’t give James Yap the ball when the situation needs a basket? Big Game James is a two-time MVP for a reason with his performances in the two B-Meg finals stints as proof. He is Tim Cone’s go-to-guy and towards the end of the season, Yap set highs in rebounds and assists. Sometimes, the former Rookie of the Year acts as decoy to free up his other teammates. The Scoring Apostle Peter June Simon is a very skilled Pippen for JY which is why if they both play at the same time, it’s an opportune moment for their enemies to send out their best defensive team. As far as their backcourt is concern their guards haven’t been as par to Roger Yap during his prime. I mean, these guys are good but none of them can become their team’s main starting point guard (although if Josh Urbiztondo will stop being a shoot-first PG, Jonas Villanueva would try to shoot more, and Mark Barroca will gain more confidence maybe this trio combo could work).

ON ROTATION:

JAMES YAP
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
FG%
FT%
3FG%
62
35.16
16.71
4.71
38%
68%
29%

PETER JUNE SIMON
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
FG%
FT%
3FG%
58
30.55
11.97
3.88
48%
73%
32%

JOSH URBIZTONDO
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
ASSISTS
FG%
3FG%
62
25.81
6.89
3.34
2.9
40%
32%

MARK BARROCA
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
FG%
FT%
3FG%
62
17.42
5.37
2.32
40%
74%
28%

JONAS VILLANUEVA
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
ASSISTS
FG%
3FG%
34
12.74
3.71
1.68
1.41
37%
38%


SIDEBARS:

VAL ACUNA
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
ASSISTS
FG%
3FG%
14
1.64
0.57
0.29
0.0
27%
29%

ROGER YAP
PLAYED FOR THE ABL-SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN MIDWAY OF THE SECOND CONFERENCE
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
ASSISTS
FG%
3FG%
20
19.60
4.60
3.10
2.55
45%
20%


THE FRONTCOURT

Ever since Tim Cone broke up 40 percent of Purefoods/B-Meg’s amazing quintet, the inside scoring of B-Meg is either a hit or miss. Joe Devance is one of the reasons why Cone freely dispatched Kerby Raymundo but JDV ended up having his worst PBA season. JC Intal, one-half of what the Llamados got in the Kerby trade has yet to produce the offensive numbers B-Meg needs from him. But what’s good for them is that the triumvirate of Marc Pingris, Yancy De Ocampo, and Rafi Reavis is working for the Llamados. Most especially is Pingris, who is serving as anchor to the vaulted B-Meg frontcourt. But still, B-Meg will use the 2012 PBA Draft to grab a combo forward or a scoring center because this is what the team needs to complete their lineup.

ON ROTATION:

MARC PINGRIS
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
ASSISTS
FG%
FT%
59
28.42
7.27
7.15
1.93
57%
60%

JOE DEVANCE
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
ASSISTS
FG%
3FG%
38
25.47
9.11
4.82
2.11
43%
24%

JC INTAL
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
FG%
FT%
3FG%
49
19.73
6.18
4.08
36%
65%
22%

YANCY DE OCAMPO
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
FG%
FT%
3FG%
57
15.58
5.23
4.40
44%
75%
14%

RAFI REAVIS
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
BLOCKS
FG%
FT%
62
16.08
4.19
4.82
0.60
49%
54%


SIDEBARS:

JERWIN GACO
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
STEALS
FG%
FT%
14
4.93
1.29
2.00
0.07
38%
50%

MIKE BURTSCHER
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
ASSISTS
BLOCKS
FG%
12
1.92
0.17
0.58
0.00
0.25
13%

KENNETH BONO
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
ASSISTS
FG%
FGA
3
1.67
0.00
0.67
0.00
0%
4

JOHN FERRIOLS
PLAYED FOR THE ABL-SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN AFTER THE FIRST CONFERENCE
GAMES
MINUTES
POINTS
REBOUNDS
STEALS
BLOCKS
FG%
6
5.00
2.33
1.33
0.33
0.33
60%


WHAT THEY NEED:

There are two positions the Llamados need to fill out – one of these positions require B-Meg to add roster space for a power forward. Joe Devance is B-Meg’s main offensive option down there but even without the injury that sidelined him, his dominance has gone MIA. Marc Pingris is a beast in that position but we all know that the scoring void lost with Kerby Raymundo’s departure is evident especially in the Rain or Shine series. Tim Cone may hate this but he could have made a booboo when he decided to let Roger Yap walk. Yes, Roger may be 35 years old but there was no one in their point guard position that had the experience and clutch abilities of the man dubbed by Quinito Henson as The Rabbit. Well… yeah, B-Meg may have Jonas Villanueva which is basically his play alike but Roger Yap brings a different dimension to the B-Meg offense especially if he teams up with his katukayo sa apelyido James, Peter June Simon, Pingris, and Kerby. At the ninth spot, B-Meg will surely take whatever is left from Kelly Nabong, Aldrech Ramos, Vic Manuel, Keith Jensen, and Dave Marcelo. In terms of a starting PG that they desperately need, if the team can’t get Chris Tiu then they don’t need another non-superstar PG. While there will be a rich haul of quarterbacks in the second round, I doubt B-Meg will use it to pick fourth-string guards. On a minor note, I think B-Meg could search for a backup SG. I know James Yap is almost flawless when in rhythm but Simon is often-injured and Val Acuna is rarely used. If you check out their team’s three-point shooting, B-Meg needs help.

PLAYER RATER
#9 IN THE FIRST ROUND WITH 3 PICKS IN THE SECOND ROUND
1 CHRIS TIU (IF AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST ROUND)
2 KELLY NABONG (IF AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST ROUND)
3 KEITH JENSEN (IF AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST ROUND)
4 VIC MANUEL (IF AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST ROUND)
5 ALDRECH RAMOS (IF AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST ROUND)
6 DAVE MARCELO (IF AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST ROUND)
7 RONALD PASCUAL (IF AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST ROUND)

The moment Joe Devance and JC Intal return from sickbay, expect the Llamados to be a more complete team. The inside scoring option was the one thing that lacked the Llamados in their attempt to stretch their title streak to two. But nonetheless, this team will enter the next season as one of the teams to beat. As long as James Yap gets adequate support from the locals and the developments of Josh Urbiztondo, JC Intal, Mark Barroca, and dare I say it – Yancy De Ocampo take place, expect B-Meg to eclipse the feat they made in the recently-concluded 2011-12 season.

Game over.

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