Mendoza: Are Petron, San Mig really into Sister Act?-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
WITH the PBA Governors Cup title playoffs tied at 1-1, Game 3 on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, will be crucial.
A win by either Petron Blaze or San Mig Coffee will be huge in terms of psychological advantage. For either team, a victory promises a momentum shift of unquantifiable proportions.
The first two games alone gave us a glimpse of what to expect from this season-ending conference that is trending to be another classic in terms of fierce rivalry and fan support.
After Petron Blaze had scored a rather easy 100-84 victory over San Mig Coffee in Game 1 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City, the Coffee Mixers rebounded with a 100-93 victory in a bruising contest in front of a big crowd of 13,000-plus at the Cubao Big Dome.
The big spectator turnout was unusual since it was only the second game of a best-of-seven series.
But that only proves one thing: We are truly a cage-crazed country that nothing, not even the combined wrath of typhoons “Santi” and “Tino” could dampen the zeal of our basketball republic from trooping in droves into arenas of battle.
Amazing is again the only word I can find to describe the whole phenom.
And look at this: Aren’t Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee performing a “Sister Act?”
The beauty is, not one from both sides has relaxed even one bit and, true to the billing of the playoffs as thrill-loaded, one can see the teams’ grim determination to win.
In Game 1 alone, San Mig Coffee got hit 21 times, an indication the heavily-favored Petron Blaze isn’t being “kind” to its sister.
And while San Mig Coffee had kept its cool and committed just seven Game 1 fouls, the team’s patience paid off when Petron Blaze suffered the brunt of fouling too much.
If truth be told, Petron’s Game 2 loss was more the result of losing its three players on six fouls apiece than anything.
After Petron import Elijah Millsap was sent to the showers, he was followed next by man mountain June Mar Fajardo before Arwind Santos, voted the conference’s best player, got himself banished.
Again, who said they are just sister teams playing the Sister Act?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 15, 2013.