Brgy. Ginebra accomplished its mission to repel a foreign invasion, pulling off an iconic feat with a 114-99 conquest of Bay Area to reclaim the PBA Commissioner’s Cup before a record crowd of 54,589 screaming souls at the Philippine Arena Sunday.
It was an incredible sight inside the cavernous Bocaue, Bulacan playing venue, with the Gin Kings whooping it up like they never did before when they completed a title run heralding victory not just for the franchise but the entire home front.
And certainly making the moment more special was the crowd of over 54,000 celebrating with their proud heroes beating a guest team in a do-or-die setto.
“Fifty-four thousand! Fifty-four thousand! Fifty-four thousand!” Ginebra coach Tim Cone hollered before leading everybody to chants of “Ginebra! Ginebra! Ginebra!” during the awards rites.
Standing at mid court after nailing his 25th PBA championship — seventh with Ginebra — Cone acknowledged the great effort of his team and the amazing energy they drew from the crowd.
“From the opening tip, we feel the energy. It was truly from all of you [addressing the crowd), and it was amazing, it was great,” said Cone.
With their “Sixth Man” truly behind them, Justin Brownlee and his teammates came out strong and put up a relentless effort in a dominant disposal of Myles Powell and the Bay Area team in this series decider.