It was supposed to be just another game day on a Thursday night. The biggest story of the night could’ve been that of Eric Menk playing against his former team Ginebra. People expected this young GlobalPort squad to make some noise, but we all expected Ginebra to dominate this game because of their collective experience and size advantage.
For more than half of the game, those expectations looked to be spot on… until “bro” happened. Ginebra was up as big as 19 points with the Batang Pier looking dead in the water until Terrence Romeo decided to take over. Scoring on different moves from anywhere on the court, none of the Barangay’s best perimeter defenders could stop the assault as Romeo even banged in a rare 4-point play with Chris Ellis on him. They tried to go quicker with Tenorio on him, but the bigger Romeo took advantage of his size and immediately scored an and-one basket off an isolation play. The sudden explosion by the rookie left the Ginebra crowd stunned as the Batang Pier took a brief two point lead late in the 4th quarter.
Spark vs. Bro
At this point, Caguioa finally said that enough is enough. After Romeo scored and gave his team the lead, Caguioa immediately asked for the ball and called a pick n’ roll. His defender slid under the pick, giving Caguioa a wide open three that he makes to the delight of the crowd.
Caguioa would then scored off a couple of free throws the next possession.
The next play, he called another pick n’ roll, but this time he was trapped by the Batang Pier defense, but he whipped a pass to Greg Slaughter which led to Gregzilla’s monster in-your-face slam against Washington.
At this point, the entire arena was rocking.
On the next possession, the Spark calmly scored on a pull up jumper.
After a Romeo three-point play, Caguioa decided to put the finishing touches to the game as he hit an off-balance three against Sol Mercado.
In the end, Ginebra won the game, 109-104. This was a type of game where you don’t really mind cheering on both players. Caguioa and Romeo put on a show that left everyone in awe.
After the buzzer, Caguioa and Romeo hugged each other at the center court. It’s like the rivalry of Lebron and Melo or the UAAP days of Caidic and Jarencio after the game. They went at each other during game, but after the buzzer sounded they showed respect to each other’s games.
As for Caguioa, he loves the competition. While for Romeo, it’s all about proving himself in the pros. The Ginebra fans saw a newbie trying to make a name for himself against their King and they saw their King do something to stop him and it definitely gained the respect of the Barangay. Caguioa lauded Romeo for his talent. As Caguioa tells Romeo “Let’s do this again”, we, the fans, pleading “Yes, please do that again”.
Keys of the game:
Unleash the Gregzilla
Coming to the game uncertain, Greg found himself sitting as the tip off started. Jay-ar Reyes was playing very well so you weren’t really sure if Greg would make an impact in the game. In the 2nd half though, he asserted himself and finished with another double-double performance tallying 17 points and 11 boards. The highlight of this game belongs to his dunk off the Caguioa pass
Trap the guards
Ginebra failed to stop any of the GlobalPort guards. Romeo scored 27 points on 16 shot attempts while RR Garcia had a career game with 20 points. Moving forward, they will have to clean up their perimeter defense.
Another fast start for Ginebra in this game that gave them an early momentum. They outscored GlobalPort 28-17 with LA Tenorio feeding his teammates for easy buckets.
Mark Caguioa vs. Terrence Romeo
Veteran vs. Rookie, Spark vs. Bro.
This match-up is one of the best match-ups we’ve seen in a while. Caguioa finished with 29 points on 8/13 shooting while Romeo had 27 on his own making 11 of his 16 shots. We’ll have to wait until January 17, 2014 for the 2nd meeting of this two teams so mark your calendars.