PBA: Today, lady luck was smiling at Globalport

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 10, 2018 08:18 PM
PBA: Today, lady luck was smiling at Globalport
Pido Jarencio and Globalport live to fight another day (FILE PHOTO)

Globalport was 16 seconds away from saying bye-bye in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

If not for the guts of Jonathan Grey and the presence of mind of Malcolm White, the Batang Pier would have lost to top-seeded Rain or Shine on Tuesday.

Instead, Grey stepped up to the plate and knocked down the game-winning triple over the outstretched arms of Ed Daquioag while White also came through and registered the win-sealing block of a shot by Reggie Johnson.

In the end, Globalport came away with a 114-113 win that discards the Elasto Painters’ twice-to-beat advantage.

While his players definitely did their part, Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio said he also had to thank their opponents for leaving a door open for them. “Ako nga, tingin ko, ‘di na mananalo e. Pero it’s all about the breaks of the game,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “Si [Maverick] Ahanmisi missing free throws, malaking bagay yun. Kung na-convert niya mga yun, mahihirapan tayo.”

Rain or Shine was protecting a two-point lead inside the last two minutes and Ahanmisi had four shots at the free throw line to increase it. Unfortunately for him, he only made good on one.

Those misses, coupled with game-winning and win-sealing plays by Globalport, forged a winner-take-all matchup between the two teams on Thursday.

And so, Jarencio will hold practice with his players on Wednesday – something he didn’t think he would be doing. “It’s all God’s will na nanalo tayo and at the same time, na-extend pa yung series. Kaya bukas, may pracitice pa kami,” he shared.

He then continued, “Kala ko wala na e.”

The always amiable mentor made it a point to say that the reason they’re still alive is all because of his wards. “Yung mga players, deserving talaga manalo kasi talagang nagtrabaho sila,” he said.

And in the winner-take-all matchup, Jarencio had one promise. As he put it, “Labanan tayo dyan, do-or-die. Basta kami, we’ll keep doing our job.”

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