TNT took offense of Cabagnot's "Arrow" celebration
Paul Lintag on Feb 10, 2017 11:00 PM
"I think they heard the message of Alex. At the same time, in a way they [TNT players] retaliated, gave them [Beermen] a message [by winning]." --- TNT head coach Nash Racela on Alex Cabagnot's "Arrow" gesture last month.
In San Miguel and TNT's lone elimination round game in the 2017 Philippine Cup last Jan. 28 in Antipolo City, Alex Cabagnot unveiled quite a celebration after he made a go-ahead triple against the KaTropa late in the fourth quarter.
Cabagnot made a gesture as if to draw an arrow and fired said imaginary arrow towards his own bench. His teammates promptly all fell down on the floor in celebration.
The Beermen ended up winning, 98-94, with Cabagnot's basket proving to be the game's final field goal.
Less than a month later, both flagship teams are at it again, this time in best-of-7 semifinal and the KaTropa have not forgotten about Cabagnot's little celebration.
With TNT finally scoring a win in Game 2 to tie the series at one game apiece, the KaTropa got some sort of payback.
"I think they heard the message of Alex. At the same time, in a way they [TNT players] retaliated, gave them [Beermen] a message [by winning]," head coach Nash Racela said about this whole episode.
"If you watch Alex, at least in this series, hindi na niya ginagawa eh. Siguro nalaman din niya na what he did was offending some people and in life ganun naman talaga eh. I'm just happy he's not doing it anymore," he added.
Sure, while TNT is happy Cabagnot, who still burns TNT to the tune of 22 points per game in this series, is no longer firing imaginary arrows, the KaTropa are actually making a concerned effort in trying to deny the clutch San Miguel point guard of any end game opportunities.
It kind of worked in Game 2 and thus TNT holding on for the win.
"Sa part namin, that's one of the objectives too na sana hindi namin siya ma-allow because you have to give credit also to him kasi nagawa niya yun against our defense," Racela said.
"That gave him a right, now we try to take away that right," he added.
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