JOE Devance doesn’t expect the tension to die down anytime soon as the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between Ginebra and San Miguel heats up.
“It's the finals. If you don't have any emotions, you don’t deserve to be here. That's just a part of it,” said Ginebra's veteran do-it-all forward. “It's gonna be emotional, it's gonna be intense, it's the finals.”
The first two games of the best-of-seven championship series have been decided by an average of 26.5 points, but the action has been nothing but intense between the two sister teams.
That couldn’t be any more true than in Game 2 where Arwind Santos got ejected for hitting Scottie Thompson in the midsection, and just 15 seconds later, Devance and Chris Ross engaging in a verbal squabble that led to the latter hitting the showers early.
Devance insisted he wasn't aware what's Ross beef with him.
“I'm not sure what happened. He was yelling at me, so I yelled at him back. But I'm not sure what he was mad about,” he said.
Ross jumped after Devance’s putback at the 5:03 mark of the payoff period, but the veteran Ginebra forward gave a slight elbow that the San Miguel guard didn’t take lightly.
But rather than adding fuel to the fire, Devance knew better to diffuse the situation.
“You know, it's just part of the game. It's alright. Nothing serious,” he said.
Devance believes Ginebra will come out a better team as it tries to pick itself up from the humiliating loss come Game Three on Wednesday.
“They just came out physical and aggresive. They kinda threw us far from our rhythm, basically just beat us up from the start, and that was pretty much the game,” he said. “But we'll be better prepared next game and we’ll come out better next game.”