MVP in a good mood as Meralco, Ateneo pull off big comebacks on eventful day
Manny V. Pangilinan failed to watch the Ateneo-La Salle volleyball game due to a series of meetings, but was at ringside for Game Two of the Meralco-Alaska match. Jaime Campos

AT the end of what had been a busy and stressful day, Manny V. Pangilinan could only sum up everything in a single sentence.

“Akala ko talo na, e,” he said.

Such was the fate that faced both Meralco and Ateneo – two teams closest to MVP’s heart – in their respective bids in the PBA and UAAP, whose thrilling outcomes came a few hours apart.

The two-time defending champion Lady Eagles were two sets down in Game Two of their women’s volleyball finals against De La Salle, but willed their way back to win the next three sets and pull off a dramatic 18-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 15-11 win. The inspiring victory forged a deciding Game Three on Saturday.

[See After wild Game Two, Ateneo-La Salle finale goes down to the wire]

The Bolts meanwhile, battled back from a 63-77 fourth quarter deficit to hack out a 92-87 comeback win against the Alaska Aces that leveled their best-of-five semifinals series at 1-1.

“Good thing they were able to recover in the fourth quarter,” said Pangilinan, also the president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), about Meralco’s morale-boosting triumph.

The PLDT and Smart Communications chairman arrived at the Araneta Coliseum midway through the second quarter of Game Two.

He said he came from a series of meetings and not direct from the Mall of Asia Arena, where the La Salle-Ateneo game was played.

Pangilinan actually admitted he failed to watch the Lady Spikers-Lady Eagles tussle. He was only informed about the matter when asked by sports scribes.

“So, they took the last three sets? That’s great,” he said after being told that Ateneo lost the first two sets.

“Sabado?” he asked about when Game Three would be held. “Maybe we should watch.”

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