In a must-win situation, the B-Meg Llamados needed all the breaks they could get, and they got one very early in the game, ironically from the one player who tormented them just two days earlier.
Benefiting from the ejection of Mac Cardona barely two minutes into the contest, the Llamados built a 23-point halftime lead and weathered a big third-quarter rally by the Meralco Bolts to hack out a 95-85 victory and level their best-of-three quarterfinal series at one game apiece.
Cardona, who engineered an 18-0 run that paved the way for the Bolts' 103-81 Game 1 win last Wednesday, was tossed out at the 10:50 mark of the first period for a technical foul and flagrant foul 1, the first for shouting invectives at B-Meg guard Josh Urbiztondo and the second for hitting B-Meg's Denzel Bowles on the head with his forearm.
"If you slap somebody in the face, that was the right call," B-Meg coach Tim Cone said. "That was certainly not our fault."
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