The much awaited event for all Pinoy basketball enthusiasts has started yesterday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.
It was the Game 1 of the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup Finals between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and San Miguel Beermen.
Sister companies going head-to-head in the PBA’s biggest stage after they survived in their respective knockout games.
Everybody were excited at the start of the game when players getting introduced. The most surprising part was that, the player who got the lesser hand claps during that intro were the guys who gave the crowd joy later at the ball-game.
You asked why is that? It’s because from first quarter until the end of the fourth quarter, San Miguel Beermen shown no mercy as they demolished Ginebra in front of their die-hard supporters.
The lead went close to 40 points and whatever Ginebra fans are doing to shatter the confidence of the Beermen were no effect.
In short, it was another boring game for the fans of the “Never-Say-Die” team.
However, when both teams has realized that the remaining time in the fourth quarter were all trash, coach Tim Cone and coach Lea Isaac wisely pulled out their big guns from the court and inserted their benchmen.
Two of the most prominent players who came in at those garbage time moment is the “once-mysterious-giant” 6’11 Jericho de Guzman and the former Green Archer Arnold Van Opstal.
These two gentlemen are buried in the big-man rotation of their respective teams and that is the main reason why their playing time can’t see daylight.
After Yance de Ocampo scored inside the post and with 2:56 remaining in the last quarter of Game 1, both de Guzman and Van Opstal entered the hardcourt.
Each time these players got the ball and playing one-on-one, fans were cheering. That was probably the best highlights of the game 1.
Van Opstal demonstrated in his own version that San Miguel was a strong team to beat as he got two power moves going to the basket and even grabbed a rebound. Although these two players weren’t able to put their name on the scoring sheet at least they gave joy to all of PBA fans.
Arnold Van Opstal vs Jericho de Guzman (JerichoZilla vs the AVOKen) Video
Most of the giant medias hasn’t noticed or talked about this but for us who are passionate with basketball we can detect it using our magnifying glass.
If only Greg Slaughter is healthy, fans will be treated with a clash of the giants match up. It should be the duel of GregZilla and the Kraken but it turned out to be another giants clashing.
It’s the JerichoZilla vs the AVOKen clash.