Playing in his 2nd game after being sidelined for two weeks with a slight cheek fracture, Brgy. Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer made perhaps the most telling move of the series by getting the goat of Glen Rice Jr., the temperamental import of TNT KaTropa.
The two previously had a skirmish during the 2nd Quarter of Game 3 while jockeying for position. Both were slapped technical fouls for taunting.
With bad blood already brewing, it was only a matter of time before things move on to the next level. It didn’t take that long as the moment came in the closing minutes of the 1st Quarter of Game 4. After Greg Slaughter made a basket, Ferrer positioned himself in front of Rice who all of a sudden grabbed the 24-year old UST alumnus by the throat and pushed him down. Still not contented, the son and namesake of three-time NBA All Star Glen Rice got the ball and then threw it in the direction of Ferrer who was still lying on the floor.
After a review of the incident, game officials slapped Rice Jr. with an FFP1 along with a technical foul for throwing the ball at an opponent. The volatile import was immediately ejected from the game.
TNT managed to hold on to the lead up to the end of the 3rd Quarter but come the 4th the defending champions just wouldn’t be denied. The Gin Kings pulled off a come-from-behind 115-105 victory and formalized its entry into the 2017 Governors’ Cup Finals where it will take on the Meralco Bolts in a rematch of last season’s finale.
During an interview with reporters after the game, Racela had this to say about the Gilas cadet: “Best player si Kevin, simple as that. Kevin Ferrer was the best player of the game.”