It was the shot that seeming neutralized what has been a bunch of negative hypes that surrounded the league for the past season. Imagine one crowd-favorite team has finally made it to the promised land – a bit earlier from what has been expected from them.
Let's face it: despite steam-rolling for almost at all times the past Governor's Cup, Ginebra has been the laughing stock for so long; being tagged 'kangkong' as an equivalent to the Dallas Mavericks of mid-2000s, Cleveland Cavaliers of the late 2000s, and Oklahoma City Thunder of the 2010s in the NBA – the perennial chokers, especially during playoffs.
And as far as the history of professional basketball has been concerned, Ginebra hadn't got a title for eight years, or from the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference, after defeating the Air21 Express in a winner-take-all Game 7. Since then, several teams in the NBA has established dominance from teams such as Magnolia/San Miguel, Magnolia/BMeg/Star, and Talk 'N Text.
Just a lot of us thought this series will have an always-dramatic conclusion by means of having a sudden-death contest, we were wrong: Justin Brownlee catapulted everything with a heave that was seemingly made out of desperation.
Talk about shot of a decade. This isn't just a best highlight reel for the championship series alone, neither for the entire Governor's Cup or the full 41st season.
Well, Ginebra deserved it after all. Even if at times, I mocked their endings on Twitter, I personally think they need this trophy so bad. And another loss could inflict pain and mockery in them – something no one really wants to happen. Finally, after numerous tries of shuffling stars, they had made the right combo, to say the least. Save this for the aging Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, and the star veteran LA Tenorio. Young stalwarts from Japeth Aguilar to Scottie Thompson stepped up.
I just hope someone up there will not be splitting their personnel soon, since they already snagged what is theirs in the first place.
Author: slickmaster | © 2016 september twenty-eight productions