SMB fortunate not to be down 0-2 against TNT
Paul Lintag on Jun 25, 2017 08:38 AM
"We don't want to go down 2-0 man." --- Chris Ross.
To say that TNT had a strong start in Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals would be an understatement.
Already up 1-0 in the best-of-7 series against San Miguel Beer, the KaTropa started the second game on a blistering 17-0 run, literally the best start by a team in a game in PBA postseason history.
TNT's explosion, especially with the team already up 1-0 in the series, was enoug to have the Beermen rattled a little bit.
"We went down 17-0 man, I was even getting nervous," import Charles Rhodes said as San Miguel went scoreless for more than four minutes in the first quarter.
Fortunately for San Miguel, while TNT's opening haymaker was impressive, the Beermen had more than enough time to beat the count and recover.
And to say that the Beermen simply recoved from the early deficit would be an understatement.
After cutting the deficit to eight, 24-32, at the end of the first 12 minutes, San Miguel went on to dominate the KaTropa the rest of the way, at one point even leading by as many as 32 points.
"Those guys in the locker room, those coaches, we never lose faith in anything, we always go out and play hard no matter the situation, no matter what hurdle we come across," point guard Chris Ross said.
"We're a veteran enough team to gather ourselves and adjust and trying to make plays for one another," he added.
The Beermen's incredible comeback that eventually turned to a signature win had a pretty simple motivation behind it.
While the team has the "Beeracle" run under its belt, San Miguel felt it could not afford to go down two games to a confident TNT squad.
"We don't man to go down 2-0 man," Ross said. "Our team is...we've been in every situation possible and we knew they're gonna come out strong and we didn't know we'll come out that flat. But it was just a gutcheck for us that do we want to go down 2-0 or do we want to make this a series, and we cut that lead down pretty quick."
"Thank you Lord we were able to tie the series in spite of a bad start," head coach Leo Austria added.
"We thought 0-2 na. I think the players, talagang gusto nilang manalo and kitang-kita mo naman iba ang energy nila," he said.
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