FOR a man as busy as Manny V. Pangilinan, it was a good thing his Talk `N Text team finally finished off the PBA Philippine Cup Finals with a 105-82 Game Four blowout of Rain or Shine for a sweep of the best-of-seven title series.
Had the Elasto Painters forced a Game Five Friday, it meant juggling again the loaded schedule of the PLDT and Smart Communications chairman.
“When the lead was down to two, on my mind I was thinking, 'What’s my schedule on Friday?' if there could be a game on Friday,” said a smiling Pangilinan to Spin.ph while repeatedly tapping his forehead with his palm.
The Talk `N Text team owner referred to by many as MVP, was referring to one crucial stretch in the third period when Rain or Shine cut what was once a 16-point lead to just 63-65 with 35 seconds left in the quarter.
At that point, Pangilinan admitted he was already weighing which among his numerous meetings on Friday he should cancel for the chance to watch Game Five live at the Mall of Asia Arena.
That was until Ali Peek hit an undergoal stab and Jared Dilinger buried a clutch three-pointer to end the third quarter with the defending champions protecting a 70-63 lead.
There was no turning back from there for the Tropang Texters.
“But they pushed the pedal to the metal (and so we won),” Pangilinan said with a sigh.
Ever humble, the team owner expressed his gratitude to the Rain or Shine organization and its supporters for giving the Tropang Texters a good fight.
“I will echo what Ricky Vargas (Talk `N Text board representative) said, `We’re really grateful to Rain or Shine, to the owners, to coach Yeng Guiao,” he said.