by John Paul Marquez

After a disappointing loss in Game 1, B-Meg Llamados recovered with a win in game 2 against the championship rival Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 85-80 in the PBA Governors Cup Finals last July 25 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

                       James Yap lifted the Llamados dishing 24 points including the turnaround shot that sealed the game, 82-78, with 15.6 seconds left. Import Macus Blakely also contributed for the Llamados as he butted in 26 points, 16 rebounds and three monster blocks. The E-Painters made a rally in the third knotting a 74-all with 5:25 left. With under a minute left Best Import of the Conference Jamelle Cornley made things possible for the E-Painters as he drew two free-throw shots, 78-80, but James Yap sealed the deal after hitting the turnaround jump and never let the E-Painters to get some breathing room.

                        The E-Painters tasted a double-black eye when their second overall rookie guard Paul Lee reinjured his shoulder after he tries to get the ball to the hands of PJ Simon. He immediately lied on the floor with 2:22 left. He is carried out off the court on a stretcher and the crowd gave him a round of applause as well as the B-Meg Bench and even Coach Tim Cone.

                         Before the game started, Mark “The Spark” Caguioa of Brgy. Ginebra Kings got his second straight "Best Player of the Conference" award, receiving three overall, after collecting 1,121 points in the conference. RoS rookie Paul Lee came out second with 694 points, followed by B-Meg’s very own Marc Pingris with 586 as well as his teammate two time MVP James Yap with 537 and Gary David with 528 total points. On the other hand Rain or Shine’s Import Jamelle Cornley won the "Best Import of the Conference" after garnering 1033 points and his counterpart Marcus Blakely falls in second place with 886.

                           The game 3 of the finals will be on July 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

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