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I Am A Frustrated Ginebra Fan

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End of regulation: 97-84. Talk and Text Tropang Texters still undefeated, advances to the Semifinals. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel now officially out of this year’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

That was definitely far from being a good game for Barangay Ginebra. They could have played well even if they lost, unfortunately, they did not. They did not play well at all.

I was literally shaking my head all throughout the ball game. Talk and Text completely dominated from 1st to 4th quarter. As for Ginebra, there were just a lot of turnovers, wasted shot blocks and unnecessary fouls. Their defense was good in the first half but come 2nd half, it was totally a different story. With such poor plays, there is no way you can win against a team who consistently plays well with or without an import.

Everything looked easy for Talk and Text while on Ginebra’s side, everything looked so friggin’ hard. I bet none from the players, managers, coaching staff are proud with the way Ginebra played earlier. With the exception of Mark Caguioa, the ‘never say die’ attitude that we so love in Ginebra was non-existent in today’s game. It appeared like as early as 3rd quarter they have already given up.

This is really frustrating from a fan’s standpoint. What happened to the dominant Barangay Ginebra team we witnessed in the previous Philippine Cup? Where did the best defensive player in Japeth Aguilar, the sharp three-point shooter in Mac Baracael, the intelligent playmaker in LA Tenorio, the aggressive athlete in Chris Ellis and the super rookie in Greg Slaughter go? I have cited these players because they have been the major factors in Ginebra’s successful run (though they didn’t win the championship) in the previous conference. Where did all these players go?

I personally will not have high expectations for Ginebra if the team doesn’t have these kind of players. For years, Ginebra has the underdogs, but these underdogs played with so much heart on court that winning is no longer a big deal for me. What’s important is that they give a good fight. Now that Ginebra has some of the best basketball players in the country, they fall short even more and that’s really frustrating.

That game earlier was one of Ginebra’s worst.

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On a lighter note, I am deeply grateful that Mark Caguioa is still with the team. He is definitely the heart and soul of the most popular professional ball club in the Philippines. He showed heart earlier. It just wasn’t enough. He needed help.

I am still one of the millions of Ginebra’s solid fans. This I’m certain. I am hoping that come next conference, we’ll be able to see the good ol’ ‘Never Say Die’ Ginebra team again and yeah, players who play well in every ball game.

I just have to let all my frustrations out.

Inhale. Exhale. Accept the fact that my team is officially out this conference.  

Photo credits: All images used were grabbed online. Credits to owners.

Thank You ATENEO

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Wow!!! What a match that was!! Ateneo Lady Eagles and La Salle Lady Spikers, yet again, didn’t fail to give the fans a one great, great show!! They poured their hearts out there and never gave up ‘til the end.

As a Lady Eagles fan since the time of Charo Soriano, I am just very very happy to see this team win the championship for the 1st time ever. What made this victory even more special is because of the fact that this is actually the first season that these players: Alyssa Valdez, Amy Ahomiro, Ella De Jesus, Michelle Morente, Aeriael Patnongon and Den-den Lazaro have come together to play. And oh, not to forget their newest coach, a foreign coach from Thailand, Coach  Anusorn ‘Tai’ Bundit. Who would’ve thought that this relatively new and inexperienced team would reach the finals and win the title? Definitely none..at least for the first few games in the elimination.

I, personally, haven’t thought that they would win the championship, knowing how strong La Salle is coming off from three straight championship titles and the Lady Bulldogs with such strong line up as well. But I am still hopeful. And it happened! It really did happen!!

After seeing the Ateneo Lady Eagles fought their way in the elimination, firstly against Adamson Lady Falcons and then against the twice-to-beat NU Lady Bulldogs, I came to strongly believe that with the kind of Ateneo team we have in this season 76, everything and anything is possible.

The Blue Squad showed they really want to win the championship. They showed how much they love the fans by beating their personal bests in every game. They played with everything they got. And in the end..they won their very first UAAP Volleyball title! I couldn’t be more grateful to the players, Coach Tai and everyone in the Ateneo Volleyball program for giving us fans a really great series.

Thank you Ateneo! You are the epitome of a NEVER SAY DIE team in UAAP Volleyball!!

*Photo credits to owner

My Post Game Article- PBA Semifinals Game 7 between Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee MIxers (12 February 2014)

‘Til Next Conference.’

Final Score: 110-87. San Mig Super Coffee Mixers with a huge win. They advance to the finals, while Ginebra’s run ends here.

POG: James Yap with a career high of 30 points

As a Ginebra fan, this is another heartbreak. We all have been longing for a championship title since 2006, and unfortunately, we still can’t get it.

In the end, it boils down on who is the more experienced team and who have the more consistent players. San Mig has both. James Yap is just unstoppable with his three point baskets and so are PJ Simon, Marc Pingris, Rafi Reavis and Ian Sangalang on their respective posts. I thought these players have been the major factors for San Mig’s big win.

For Ginebra, it was good to see The Fast and The Furious come alive again. It was like seeing the good ol’ days when they have been dominating the offense for the team, creating plays and just making the crowd get up on their feet with their flawless connection on court. It was such a joy to witness them play the way they played earlier.

Ginebra is indeed a young team. With all the talents this ball club has, it’s still possible for them to make another Semifinals appearance and even a Finals appearance and perhaps, end the drought on the Championship title. I still have high hopes. I know they can do it. It didn’t happen this conference but they are still capable of winning games, of dominating a conference.

And even with the many losses they’ve had, I just don’t see myself supporting other teams. Yeah, I do admire other players, but being a fan of just one team, that’s gotta be Barangay Ginebra.

We win, we lose. That’s life. With all the ups and downs, Ginebra can take comfort in the fact that millions of fans will continue on supporting them. I know Mark Caguioa and the rest of the team did their best to win this series, it’s just that, San Mig played better.

Congratulations to San Mig! Whoever wins between San Mig and Rain or Shine is definitely deserving of the title. Boy, this has been one crazy conference!

As for me, I’ll have to take a break from PBA and be back on March 7 to support of course, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel!

God bless everyone!