CELEBRATION & HEARTBREAK
And it all comes down to the best two words in the sports: Game Seven.
One will enjoy an exhilarating moment and the other great despair as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and San Mig Super Coffee clash in the deciding Game Seven of their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
With all the thrill and drama of the series, the opposing teams agree it’s the best way to end their battle – one final game where real heroes are made, legacies forged and hearts broken.
The rareness of the one game, do-or-die scenario is what makes it special.
In fact, Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee have long been archrivals, but this is the first time that they’re ever engaged in a Game Seven duel.
“It’s been a great series, a tough series with a lot of drama, and it seems only fitting that it should go to a Game Seven,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
As the ones forging the sudden death, the best climax for the Kings are to go all the way to snatch the series.
“Nakuha namin ang right formula the last time out. Walang pagbabago sa Game Seven, pipilitin namin uling gawin ang mga tama naming ginawa sa Game Six,” said Ginebra coach Ato Agustin.
“No doubt, Game Six was a tough one for us to swallow. We felt we had it and then it was ripped away from us. Credit to Ginebra,” said Cone.
“But this is what we play for. As my daughter always reminds me, the best two words in sports: Game Seven,” Cone also said.
The last time they’re in this special moment, the Mixers came out triumphant, vanquishing the Petron Blaze Boosters for the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup crown.
San Mig Coffee forward Marc Pingris is confident they would salvage the series and line themselves up for a title rematch with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
“Amin pa rin iyan,” said Pingris, moments after their 91-94 loss in Game Six.
The Kings, meanwhile, express great determination to pull off a come-from-behind series win.
“Nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon, sayang naman kung hindi namin kuhanin,” said Agustin.
The two teams have been in a nip-and-tuck battle in the series with San Mig Coffee winning Games One, Three and Five and Ginebra getting even in Games Two, Four and Six.
This is now the ultimate game.
Senses are heightened. Stomachs are churning.
In the end, there will be a celebration and a heartbreak. (SB)
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