Smart Araneta Coliseum
April 29, 2015
Game Seven for the Ages
I’m voting this one as the best Game Seven I’ve seen in basketball.
I mean, it has everything. Name it, it has all the ingredients of a classic. Drama? Check. Clutch performances? Check. Overtime? Check. Second Overtime? Check? Suspensions? Check. Ball-throwing? Check. Jersey-grabbing? Check. Hellboying? Check. Flagrant fouls? Check. Blood? check. Word wars? Check. Referee-bashing? Check.
We’re all lucky to have witnessed it. A series going the distance. A decider that went not just one OT, but two. And it almost went to three if Ranidel de Ocampo hadn’t interceded.
By the way, Talk N’ Text beat Rain or Shine, 121-119, to wrap up their PBA Finals series, four games to three. De Ocampo explodes with a career finals best 34 points including five straight in one key stretch in second OT that sealed the deal. Castro also played well. He toyed with a triple-double and perhaps finished with one. Ivan Johnson brought hell and won the war of attrition that Yeng Guiao and the Elasto Painters brought to him. Harvey Carey didn’t pad the stats that much but the intangibles he brought was MVP-like. Larry Fonacier made some key shots also. Jong Uichico is back to his championship winning ways.
So congrats Talk N’ Text.
Congrats also to Rain or Shine, which lost the series but ended up winning hearts, including yours truly. Wayne Chism made it a series and would have added another trophy–Finals MVP–to his cabinet next to his Best Import plum if his team had won. Paul Lee is Paul Lee, of course. Chris Tiu had his moments. Jeff Chan too before he got injured. Raymond Almazan owned Game Six. Jireh Ibanes and JR Quinahan lost some money to fines with their antics but, lets admit it, they spiced up the series. Beau Belga is conspicuously kind in this series. Jericho Cruz should be a household name after this. Who would not thank Yeng Guiao and his fire-breathing mouth?
And this, my friends, were what made this Game Seven a classic.
Or we can call it a Game Seven for the ages.
Congrats to my boy for winning his first ever PBA title.
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(Photos courtesy of Kevin Alas, PBA and Rivals.ph)