Infamous TNT walkout gives Ginebra hope to climb out of 0-2 hole
Paul Lintag on Jun 15, 2017 10:05 AM
Since 1993, PBA teams are 33-1 when up 2-0 in a best-of-5 series. TNT is actually the one in 33-1 as an infamous walkout seven years ago allowed Ginebra to climb back from a 0-2 deficit.
According to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, since 1993, PBA teams are 33-1 after leading 2-0 in a best-of-5 series.
TNT on Tuesday became the 35th team over the last 24 years to go up 2-0 in a race-to-3 affair after beating the top-seeded Gin Kings in Game 2 of their Commissioner's Cup semifinal series.
However, before the KaTropa can think about becoming the 34th team to complete the job after leading two games to none in a best-of-5 series, they need to actually win that third game first.
And history is not exactly on their side.
That's because the one in 33-1 is actually Talk 'N Text.
Back in 2010, the then defending Philippine Cup champion Tropang Texters botched a best-of-5 quarterinal series after leading 2-0. Their opponents? You guessed it.
It was Brgy. Ginebra.
You might remember that series for the infamous TNT walkout during Game 4.
Things actually started out great for the Tropang Texters as they blew Ginebra off the court in Game 1 before a Jared Dillinger game-winner gave them a 2-0 lead.
The Gin Kings would manage to take a close Game 3 to set up a pivotal Game 4 where things unraveled pretty quickly for Talk 'N Text.
Already frustrated with officiating after referees allegedly favored the Gin Kings, the last straw for the Tropang Texters came in the final minute of first quarter of Game 4 after forward Ranidel De Ocampo was called for a flagrant foul against Ronal Tubid.
The entire team vehemently protested the call and the entire incident prompted the now infamous walkout.
Talk 'N Text ignored the seven-minute grace period to return and ended up losing the game by forfeit.
"I've been in the PBA for 17 years and I pride myself for not quitting. But I never came close to a situation like this. I just felt it justified what we did," then TNT head coach Chot Reyes said according to a report by ABS-CBN News.
With the series tied 2-2, the Tropang Texters ended up losing Game 5 to Ginebra by 13 points, cutting their title defense short.
Ironically, the Gin Kings were handled by Jong Uichico in 2010 and the multi-titled mentor would end coaching TNT, even leading the team to the 2015 Commissioner's Cup title before he was replaced by Nash Racela at the end of last season.
Following the walkout, Talk 'N Text was initially fined P500,000 for the forfeiture as per PBA Consitution and By-Laws.
The PBA Commissioner at that time, Sonny Barrios, then imposed an additional fine of P500,000.
Fast forward to seven years later, both TNT and Ginebra figure in the same situation again.
And although a walkout on the part of the KaTropa will be highly unlikely, history proves the the Gin Kings can erase a 0-2 deficit to win a best-of-5 series.
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