San Miguel managed to salvage an already ‘lost’ ball game thanks to 4 straight missed free throws by TNT’s Brian Heruela and Troy Rosario plus a defensive lapse which allowed the Beermen to send the game into a second overtime courtesy of a heads-up play by Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot in Game 2 of the best-of-seven Finals series in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The KaTropa still a chance to steal the game despite missing the services of Rosario and Terrence Jones but Jayson Castro muffed two attempts from long distance which allowed the Beermen to escape with a 2-point win, 127-125, and equalize the series at 1-1.
SMB team captain Arwind Santos was relieved at getting the ‘W’ but admitted that the team needs lots of adjustment after struggling to dispose of a KaTropa side already without their top two scorers in the end game.
Jones was ejected during the 1st overtime for incurring 2 technical fouls while Rosario picked up his 6th and last foul in the 1:15 mark of the 2nd extra period.
“Mabuti na lang, kahit papano, nanalo kami. Pero makikita mo, marami pang adjustments kasi wala nang Terrence Jones, muntik pa kami matalo. Talagang kulang pa. Marami pang dapat gawin,” said Santos.
“Binigay namin ang todo todo. Nung natapos laro, naisip namin lalo ako na-tie namin. Kung matalo kami, medyo nakakahiya ng konti kasi wala na ngang Terrence Jones, matatalo pa kami. Medyo nakakahiya yun,” added the 38-year old, 8-time PBA champion.
With Game 3 scheduled on Friday, August 9, 7:00pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Santos is glad that despite having just a one-day break, the Beermen are going to the game on equal footing instead of staring at a 0-2 hole.
“Sobrang ikli ng preparation, bahala na. At least, ang maganda nito, nai-tie namin ang series.”