Best of the Night. It's unbelievable how James "Washed Up" Yap has been so powerful in the past two games. He topped his team in scoring in their game 4 loss, then lifted San Mig Coffee over the Barangay earlier, 79-76, with a crunchtime three. It was a little bit premature, considering that Yap is just having a 7-point afternoon prior to unleashing his rainbow dagger, but it went all the way through, so all negatives had been eliminated. The Super Coffee Mixers lead their series 3 games to 2, and James Yap, with 10 points and an all important finishing kick, is my best of the night.
|(c) Nuki Sabio/PBA|
Worst of the Night. Sometimes when teams are down by three with about 7 seconds remaining, their best guys call on every saint, and summon all kinds of miraculous spirits they know to help them salvage a game. It was odd, but LA Tenorio decided to forget every saint, and summon his inner Arwind Santos by going all the way to the basket despite being down 3 in the dying seconds. I personally don't know what Tenorio's mindset was, but it was that mental lapse that cost them the game, and eventually putting Ginebra in a twice to beat disadvantage.
Air Force. For the past two games, the best scorers are ending up with the losing team. Chris Ellis had 20 points, including a game-tying and a tie-breaking shots down the stretch. He was in the zone in the fourth quarter, and was all swaggy in the whole game. They lost though, so all positives had been eliminated.
Triangle Defense. I just need to mention this because it's amazing and it's tough to break. San Mig Coffee's defense has been superb in the postseason. How superb? Well, they are about to eliminate the conference's top seeded team.
Quote. "You get caught up in the moment. I wasn't also sure if we're up by two or three. LA's one of the smartest players I've been around with." -- coach Tim Cone. In the sport of basketball, losing focus by being caught up in the moment is a fact. And if it was an all-time great basketball coach who mentioned your name among the smartest players in the league, any end game lapse can be excused once in a while.
-Tenorio is one bouncy point guard, so I think he'll bounce back in the next 2 games.
-That's right, this series will go all the way. I'm hoping I was right.
-Ginebra's big men are hurt. Rumors, so chill.
-Rafi Reavis scored the first 2 points of the game, that alone signaled how strange the game would go.
-It's pretty amazing how the TV screen would shake everytime a team scores. Thrilling.
-Money Ball is still annoying as hell. Include the fact that I can not download that app.
Oh well, Game 6 is Monday.
For now, let's flap some birds. LOL.