Alex Cabagnot came from the hospital before lifting SMB over Ginebra

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 17, 2018 10:09 PM
Cabagnot came from hospital before lifting SMB over Ginebra
Alex Cabagnot's back-to-back short stabs for San Miguel effectively ended Ginebra's campaign 2018 PBA Philippine Cup

Ginebra’s hot start had fizzled, June Mar Fajardo was dominating, and San Miguel Beer’s balance was imposing itself, and still, the two teams were tied at 94-all inside the last four minutes of Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals.

It was at that point that Alex Cabagnot took matters into his own hands and hit a lay-up and then a short stab in a span of 22 seconds to grant the Beermen the lead they would protect until the final buzzer.

And so, in a night that saw Fajardo impose his all-out dominance anew, Japeth Aguilar fill up his highlight reel with several dunks en route to 32 points, and Scottie Thompson tally his second career triple-double, it was Cabagnot who proved to have the game-winner – two of them to be exact.

To think that he’s not even at full strength.

As it turns out, the veteran guard had been battling sickness since yesterday and had just exited the hospital earlier in the day. “I was actually released from Medical City at 11:00 AM today. I spent the night there because I was just puking and releasing (stuff),” he told reporters.

Before the game, the San Miguel coaching staff had no idea that their court general was feeling under the weather. “I didn’t say anything to the coaches in the beginning because I (didn’t) want any excuses if we win or lose,” he said.

Indeed, Cabagnot simply showed his heart and powered through both his illness and the fighting Gin Kings.

Now, he and his teammates are back in the Finals for the fourth time in a row.

And now, he and his teammates have gotten for themselves a much-needed and more than welcome breather. “Personally, this (rest) is very important to me because I can go home and just get rejuvenated,” he said.

He then continued, “Plus, you know naman na we could prepare more intensely and just get more mentally focused and engaged for whoever between the other two teams.”

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