On 22 April 2014, day 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals, the match-ups between the first and second seeds, Talk ‘N Text and San Miguel Beer, and the seventh and eighth seeds, Air 21 and Ginebra, were scheduled at the Araneta Coliseum.
The higher seeds enjoy the twice-to-beat advantage in both match-ups. SMB and Air 21 went at it first, and most thought it would be one and done, with the Beermen prevailing and entering the Semis. The Express, though, entered the showdown believing they matched up well with San Miguel and could beat them at least once, then if they did, maybe twice.
I had the privilege of commentating for the television coverage of the SMB-Air 21 contest, with PBA great Ali Peek by my side, and Rizza Diaz by the court. Prior to the game, Ali and I recalled that the teams had just played last week, and that Air 21 led most of the way, before faltering late in the third quarter into the fourth, losing an 18-point lead, and bowing down in defeat by 8