Yap falls in BMeg’s draw with Niños

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Friday, June 3, 2011


B-MEG Derby Ace Llamados and the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños fought to a draw in their exhibition match last Wednesday, 105-105, at the Cebu Coliseum.

Since no extension period is required in an exhibition match to determine the winner, both camps just greeted each other and exchanged high fives after the buzzer.

But for the Llamados, there was nothing to celebrate as B-Meg superstars James Yap and Kerby Raymundo injured their foot in separate occasions.

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Yap limped out of the game at the 8:54 mark of the third period, while trying to stop a fast break play of Richard Ian Saladaga, and did not return.

Raymundo injured his left foot in an attempt to sink a bucket while trying to break the 103-all deadlock in the final 24.3 seconds.

Raymundo managed to heave a prayer but the collective defense of his younger brother Angelus, Mark Abadia and Bruce Dacia forced him to miss the shot and he slipped when he landed.

Don Allado, who stepped in for Raymundo, sank the two charities awarded to his injured comrade but Jayford Rodriguez sank a difficult equalizer at the other end four seconds later.

The Llamados had the last possession but Jonas Villanueva was called for a dribbling violation with only 2.6 seconds left to play.

Rodriguez’s final attempt for the Niños was blocked by Marc Pingris as time expired.

The Llamados was set to end ts Cebu sojourn against the Mandaue-RDAK Transport/Cebu Landmasters at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex at press time last night.

Conspicuously absent in the match were Cebuano hotshot point guard Roger Yap, explosive swingman Niño Cañaleta and power forward Jondan Salvador.

The former USJ-R Jaguar sat out because of a hamstring injury, while Cañaleta and Salvador will be traded in a three-way swap along with Air21 Express and Ginebra San Miguel.

The trade will involve the newly-traded Joe Devance of the Express with Billy Mamaril of Ginebra.

Although unofficial, Cañaleta told Sun.Star Cebu that he would end up with Ginebra, while Devance will go to B-Meg and Mamaril will be with the Express.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 03, 2011.

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