Thursday, August 21, 2008

...The rOyAL cOrOnatiOn...

After the breath taking Game 7 of the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings and Air 21 Express, finally the game is over after the crowd favorite team won the game.

Last night was the final battle of between the Kings and the Express. The Kings started the ball game with a two points lead against the Express. During the 2nd quarter of the game, Express really get into an express shots from Gary David, who was crowned to be the TM Three-Pointer after the game. But Ginebra is really a do-or-die team. With full of injured players, like the Best Player or the Most Valuable Player of the Conference, Jay-jay Helterbrand, it wasn't became the hindrance of the team to win the game. They scored ultimately during the 3rd quarter with the presence of one of the Finals MVP, Eric Menk. With 8 points and 3 rebounds, he helped the team to lead 13 points against the Express. And for the 4th quarter where everyone is excited to watch, after the 13 points lead, Express came into a points straight to lessen the lead into 1 point after 6 minutes of playing. And again, injuries suddenly came. Injuries of Junthy Valenzuela, Paul Artadi, and the reigning Best Import of the Conference, Chris Alexander made the big dome silent for a while and hoping the team still wins the game. After that heartbreaking incident of the 3, the team still aiming for the championship. But as the team is said to be a do-or-die team, they never gives up. As Mark Caguioa said, “Its better to be hurt physically, but we will win this game. We will play by heart”. And so nothing can beat them down. Puso ang labanan. Kung paano laruin ang laro na puso ang ginagamit at hindi katawan. "The players deserve all the credit for not giving up. We could have easily given up when we lost Jayjay (Helterbrand). We could have easily given up when Mark Caguioa got injured. And we could have easily given up when the others also got hurt. But the players didn't," quoted of their coach, Jong Uichico. Ginebra completed an epic triumph while handicapped by injuries, waylaying Air21, 97-84, Wednesday night to bag the 2007-08 Smart Fiesta Conference before a delirious record-breaking crowd of 22,902 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ginebra really is a big crowd favorite. And without the fans, there nothing. Proud to say, I'm one of the many fans of Brgy. Ginebra. Taga Barangay ata ako, and will always be.

Thanks for the tears of joy that this team brought to my family last night. And thanks for the championship you have dedicated to us.

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