Fresh from their victory last Sunday, May 6, PBA Commisioner’s Cup champion team B-Meg meet their fans to celebrate.
Hundreds of B-Meg fans had the chance to meet the players at a party held last Tuesday, May 8, at the San Miguel Properties Center in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.
In a quick interview with one of B-Meg Llamados’s key players, James Yap, said it’s okay if their team won’t get a chance to rest after the conference. At least, he said, their fans would still get to see them in the coming PBA Governor’s Cup, which will start on May 20.
“Alam naman namin na kapag walang PBA, nami-miss kami ng mga fans,” he said. “At least, maiksi lang ang pagitan ng next conference. At okay naman na nakuha namin ang championship.”
Coach Tim Cone was amazed by the support they got from their fans last Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
In a separate interview during the party, Coach Tim said, “You get 20,000 people in the stadium is just amazing. You know, 70 or 80 percent of them are for you, wow!”
He further noted, “I’ve said this a few times already but it becomes more and more true as I say it—from the bottom of my heart, we would not have won that Game 7, we would not have won that series without the B-Meg fans, who were cheering us on.”
Coach Tim was one of the important persons who helped Alaska become a strong team in the PBA. It won nine championships when he was coaching the team in the 1990s.
BUILDING ANOTHER DYNASTY. Coach Tim left the Alaska Aces late last year and he said he never regretted what he did in the team.
Now, he’s focused on helping Llamados players to achieve their dream.
He related, “What’s fulfilling now is that I’ve come here and have been able to contribute to the organization.
“I’ve been able to contribute to the careers of James Yap, [Marc] Pingris, [JC] Intal, and [PJ] Simon.
“That just makes me feel really good knowing that I contributed to that and helped them achieve some of their dreams.”
Should fans expect a back-to-back championship from B-Meg Llamados?
“Well, certainly,” Coach Tim replied.
He explained, “Every conference, we go out with the idea that we try to win the championship.
“As I’ve said, to the players and even to the organization, you know, anybody can win a championship.
“If things work well, everybody starts working together, you can go out and win a championship.
“The real test is whether you can continue to compete and win back-to-back or win two out of three, something that Talk ‘N Text has been doing.
“We were great in this conference and we won the championship but Talk ‘N Text was really a great team.
“We wanna be a great team also. So, winning the next conference or competing in the finals again is very important to us.”
Talk ‘N Text was the team they defeated in the recently concluded PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
TRAINING WITH THE NEW IMPORT. Work does not stop after winning the last conference because B-Meg Llamados continues to train for the next Governor’s Cup, especially now that they have a new import named Marqus Blakely.
In the last championship series, B-Meg Llamados got a big help from their former import Denzel Bowles.
Coach Tim was hoping that it would be the same with their new player.
“We have to teach him. We gotta go back to work already,” he said.
“Part of the team will return to work tomorrow and continue to practice. Some of the team will go to Laoag for the All-Star game. But when they come back, they’ll be the one to work with the import.
“We don’t wanna waste the time of the import here. We’ll teach him our system.
“We’ll teach him the way we wanna play because he’s very instrumental in what we’re doing in the next conference.
“So, he faster he learns, the better it will be.”