IT WAS a truly magical moment at the Mall of Asia Arena as legends Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez turned up at courtside for Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals between Ginebra and San Miguel on Thursday night.
Too bad didn't live up to its billing.
The Beermen came away with a 102-81 victory and and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series after a game that was so one-sided Fernandez was left unamused by what he saw.
“It was a boring game,” Fernandez said bluntly as he made his way out of the MoA Arena. “San Miguel wasn’t really playing well, it’s just that, Ginebra just played really bad. They could play better than that.”
Fernandez, arguably the greatest player in the league’s 43-year history, said that he was delighted to see his old squad San Miguel win but was left disappointed with the lack of competitiveness in the game, especially since he rarely watches league matches live these days.
“I like what I saw because San Miguel won, but I didn’t really enjoy the game that much. I would have enjoyed if it was a close game, two-point, three-point game or a one point game,” Fernandez continued.
‘El Presidente’ believes that it’s only a matter of time before San Miguel makes it to a fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup finals – and 39th overall.
That’s something that he hopes to catch soon.
“I think if they just continue their heads-up game, they’ll make it. Lamang masyado sa bench ang San Miguel compared to Ginebra. Especially wala si (Greg) Slaughter,” said Fernandez.
“Hopefully, I should be here during the championship series. I will be going back (to Cebu) tomorrow evening so hopefully I’ll catch a few championship games,” he added.