Mendoza: Traumatized Petron tested in Game 4-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
YOU were down by 28 points and then, next thing you knew, you have retaken the lead.
What’s this, a movie or something?
Straight from Hollywood, if not Bollywood?
Linsanity the movie was great because, well, it had the so-called cinematic license to infuse some drama culled from not-so-real life events for the rise to NBA prominence of the American-Chinese Jeffrey Lin.
Friday’s game at the MOA Arena in Pasay City was no different from make-believe scripts.
Petron Blaze was down 49-21 in the second quarter, a good enough reason for spectators to leave.
But then, Elijah Millsap, Petron’s buzz-saw of an import, banged in 17 points in the third period, two points more than the Coffee Mixers’ measly total of 15 in that stretch.
And while the rally itself was spectacular, naturally incredible was when Petron retook the lead, 77-73, on put-backs by June Mar Fajardo and Millsap with still 6:25 to go in the game.
Even as order was restored, this was almost absolutely unbelievable as this was Game 4 of the PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven Finals, where, normally, margins of 10-plus points are the hardest to build by either of the two protagonists.
Add the fact that, once a double-digit advantage has been erected—28 points, omigosh!—it should be the most difficult to topple like the pyramids of Egypt, if not the once monstrous Idi Amin regime of Uganda.
But San Mig Coffee was so determined to level the series to 2-2 so that the Mixers, recovering just as fast, recaptured the lead 85-83.
Still, from a timeout by Petron coach Gee Abanilla, the Boosters had the chance to either tie the score or regain the upper-hand.
That’s when Arwind Santos threw an errant inbound pass to Millsap, resulting in two free throws by Peter June Simon for San Mig’s 87-83 margin.
With 12 seconds remaining, it was almost impossible for Petron to recover lost ground, eventually dropping an 88-86 decision to absorb a loss that might traumatize the Boosters no end should they lose again Sunday’s Game 5.
And did Santos not win the coveted MVP plum just couple of hours before game time on Friday?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 20, 2013.