A MONSTROUS traffic prevented veteran Kelly Williams from arriving on time for TnT Katropa’s PBA Philippine Cup game against Blackwater on Wednesday night.
The delay, coach Nash Racela later admitted, messed up his rotation in the first half.
“We missed Kelly in the first half, he was supposed to start today kaya medyo na-off lang kami,” said the Katropa mentor in his post-game interview following the team’s 92-83 win over Blackwater at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Apparently, the Fil-Am forward got stuck in rush-hour traffic when a fire broke out along C-5 road.
In a rush to make it to the game, Racela said Williams rode the motorcycle taxi or what is known in the vernacular as the ‘habal-habal.’
“He was forced to ride daw the ‘habal-habal.’ Hindi ko alam kung nakahanap siya, kasi his last message before I made my pregame was that he’s looking for a motorcycle ride,” related Racela.
“No choice, eh.”
The former league MVP didn’t play in the first half that saw TnT trail Blackwater, 43-36. But inserted in the lineup for the second half, Williams helped the Katropa turned things around.
He finished with six points and six rebounds in just 17 minutes of play as he helped the team foil another upset bid by the Elite, who just last week dealt Barangay Ginebra its first season loss.
“Good thing, we were able to recover in the second half,” said Racela.
TnT improved to 2-2 overall for a tie with Blackwater and four others as it managed to bounce back from a sorry 88-76 loss to defending champion San Miguel over the weekend.