The heat is on… here comes the King!
For the last four games, the Ginebra King had shown a not so-impressive game far from the team that we used to know. Yet, the team was able to regain their ‘never say die attitude’ as they slummed down the volting Meralco Boltz in the game 7 of the 2014 Commissioner’s Cup held at Araneta Coliseum, April 3.
Although scoring a lead point in almost of the quarters of the game, the Ginebra King is not into smooth sailing as Meralco showed their thundering assists, rebounds, and points through their import, Jackson, and the rest of the team. Boltz attempted and almost destroyed the towering blocks of King with 6 footer Aguilar, Slaughter, Ellis, and team’s new import, Powell and shooting guards, Tenorio and Caguioa.
Taking advantage of Powell, the high spirited team hope for a win in this game.
The King did not disappoint their supporters upon showing their agility and cooperation during the game. Most of the members of the team who played that night contributed individually. Slaughter is the man in taking the balls out of their opponent and with Aguilar blocking the thunders of the Boltz. Of course, the fast and the furious team-up of Tenorio and Caguioa give more points for the team, thus maintaining their not-so far lead from Meralco. Baraquel and Helterbrand also played by giving the King a turning point of their fate that night. In the last minutes of the game, Ellis, who is not a sound bite during the initial part of the game, showed his over powering charisma for granting a two three-point shots for his team.
As observed, although the desperation to win is there, still, the King instinctively makes it a point that they will tactically outwit the Meralco. But with the undoubtedly strong force of the opponent, there were some failed opportunities to score for the King; this made them almost sure to come in a point of no return. However, the ball seemed still rolling for the King after closing the game with a ten-point lead, 88-78, in favor of the King, and Slaughter as the best player of the game. The King had finally recuperated their crown.
It can be remembered that Caguioa, the King’s team captain expressed his disappointment towards his team. In his Twitter account, he stated that no more of the ‘papogian’ when there is a camera. However, as seen in the game that night, it seemed like the team has learned their lesson that the crown is not always theirs that their fate could change anytime they played.
Again… the heat is still on… here comes the King…