MVP Kiefer Ravena is attending a celebrity volleyball match in London, Kevin Ferrer is playing for the Gilas cadets in Thailand, and Mighty Sports could be without a third key player in the very last game of the PCBL Chairman’s Cup with Bright Akhuetie facing sanctions.
Jumbo Plastic kept alive its bid for a second straight PCBL title with an 89-87 Game Two win on Wednesday to extend the series to a decider on Friday at the Marikina Sports Center.
Kiefer Ravena, MVP of the tournament, left right after the game to catch a flight to London. Ferrer is in Bangkok for the Seaba Cup with the Gilas cadets.
A postgame commotion marred Jumbo Plastic’s victory, with a furious Akhuetie trying to force his way into the Giants’ dugout.
The league has yet to come up with a ruling at posting time.
Mighty Sports coach Mike Fermin said the Nigerian center told him somebody from Jumbo Plastic poked his butt, which is considered inappropriate under his religion.
“I just warned him that they will do everything to get piss you off. Pero tama naman siya, never siyang nanakit sa tournament na ito. Pero ngayon, ang sabi ko nga sa kanya that's what you get for being the Best Import,” said Fermin.
Jumbo Plastic coach Stevenson Tiu said he didn’t know anything about Akhuetie’s accusation.
“We were already celebrating. Hindi namin alam kung bakit sumugod yung import nila. Sinipa yung pinto ng locker room, kaya ginawa namin pingilan naming makapasok,” said Tiu.
James Martinez and Jeff Viernes scored 31 points each for Jumbo Plastic.
Ravena capped Mighty Sports' 7-0 run with a trey that put his team ahead, 79-78, with 14 seconds left in the fourth and Gab Banal split his charities to put the new powerhouse team up by two after a travelling violation by Jumbo Plastic import Moustaph Arafat.
Viernes raced down court, picked up a foul from Allan Mangahas with six seconds left in regulation and calmly sank both charities to force overtime.
Jumbo Plastic 89 – Vienes 31, Martinez 31, Ibay 7, Siruma 6, Arafat 5, Santos 4, Taganas 4, Eguilos 1, Lopez 0, Arellano 0.
Mighty Sports 87 – Akhuetie 27, Ravena 18, Mangahas 12, Celada 8, M. Bringas 8, Banal 6, Montilla 4, Lopez 4, A. Bringas 0, Wongchuking 0.