As expected, the NBA Legends did made “legends” out of our much reverred PBA veterans last night at the Big Dome.
The NBA Asia Challenge ended with a final score of 109-86 in favor of the NBA “invaders”.
Despite the loss, it wasn’t really a humiliating defeat. Our boys put up a good and respectable fight in the beginning. “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio nailed a trey in his first attempt. Then the “Triggerman” Allan Caidic took over and wowed the audience (including the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who was with the coaching staff of the NBA Legends) with five consecutive three-pointers in the first quarter — exactly the kind of deadly accuracy which made him a household name in local basketball a few years back.
The PBA team even led by a point during that quarter: 26-25.
Halftime score was a close 46-41 in favor of the American squad. And at the start of the second half, that was when they started to pull away from the Filipinos.
But the bottomline is that players from both sides simply had fun playing for their fans. All they did out there was purely for entertainment. It was a friendly match which relaxed a politically fed-up audience.
Of course, everybody knew in the first place that Filipino cagers do not stand a chance against those who invented the game of basketball. But if it where sipà or patintero, well, it would’ve been a different story, hehe!
NBA Generations 109—Dominique Wilkins 28, Marcus Hubbard 18, Chris Ellis 11, Robert Horry 10, Billy Thomas 9, Russell Robinson 8, Derrick Dial 8, Tim Hardaway 7, Vlade Divac 6, Clarence Smith 4.
PBA All-Stars 86—Allan Caidic 15, Willie Miller 14, Dondon Hontiveros 10, Alvin Patrimonio 9, Ronnie Magsanoc 8, Enrico Villanueva 8, Benjie Parás 7, Arwind Santos 5, Joseph Yeo 5, Asi Taulava 3, Marc Pingris 2, Kenneth Duremdes 0, Wynne Arboleda 0, Sonny Thoss 0, Jay-R Reyes 0.