Mendoza: Rain or Shine making life hard for SMC

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Friday, July 4, 2014

YOU have a shot like that coming at a time you least expect it to happen, you could be in some place not in this planet.

I refer to that three-pointer Arizona Reid had banged home on Thursday night at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Whew!

When it hit nothing but net, the crowd went wild.


Did they see an alien in Reid emerging from the Big Dome roof and who would next unleash a shot most humans are not prone to complete?

Sanamagun but that was what exactly happened.

It would have been OK if Reid rifled the triple with no one in front of him. I can sink one too from beyond the arc with ease—that is, if I am left unguarded, allowing me to essay a Beau Belga set shot.

But, hey, on Thursday, Reid redefined what a rainbow hit is.

From about two feet beyond the key, Reid had Marc Pingris in front of him when he uncorked the trey that, when it found its mark, triggered a roar that rivaled that of

the Cry of Balintawak and echoed all the way to Monumento.

Pingris is 6’5” and has a wingspan as wide as the Pacific Ocean.

But Reid released what amounted to be the game-clincher in complete defiance of Pingris, a one-time defensive player of the year who was stunned by Arizona’s naked disrespect to say the least.

It wasn’t clear if Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao gave Reid the license to shoot during the timeout preceding the shot.

Since the Painters were just a point behind San Mig Coffee at 86-87 with just seconds left, the logical order from Guiao would be for Reid to go for a hellish drive and, by hook or by crook, ensure an 88-87 margin.

So that when Reid did that most illogical shot of the night, his sanity was instantly put under the microscope.

But when the attempt suddenly transformed from bad shot to big shot, Reid was saved by a rotten cliché: The end justifies the means.

Reid’s three gave Rain or Shine an 89-87 lead with 6.7 ticks and, when Mark Barroca uncharacteristically flubbed the tying, medium-range bankshot from the left, a 1-1 tie ensued in the best-of-five PBA Governors’ Finals.

SMC won by three points in Game 1 (104-101) and RoS by two in Game 2’s overtime. Will
tonight’s Game 3 be another thriller?

Sure, but only when surreal overtakes reality.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 05, 2014.


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