During the traditional PBA post-game interview, Barako Bull center Dorian Pena, named best player by the TV panel, requested that he and his fellow Energy old-timers not be called "manong." They weren't that old yet, he reasoned.
They certainly showed that last night. The Energy's veterans proved they still had a spring in their step, pulling away in the fourth quarter to stun defending champion Talk 'N Text, 84-77, to grab Game 1 of their best-of-five semifinal series in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Coach Junel Baculi went with an almost exclusively 30-and-above lineup, with only import Gabe Freeman still in his 20s, and the "Manong Brigade" as they were christened by the TV panel, took the fight to the undermanned Tropa with a 15-4 salvo to open the fourth period which served as a big-enough cushion to keep TNT at bay.
"I give credit to the veterans," Baculi said. "They just refused to lay down and die."
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