I am a self-confessed Ginebra Kings fanatic. Since I was a child I began to like the team. I remember I have a favorite basketball ‘pambahay’ in which a number 23 sign was at the back of the dress. It was the number in which my favorite basketball player Marlon Aquino used. Ironically that is also the number of my birthday, and sometimes became the number where my name was listed when I am still in high school.
The team has new members, new coach, and new management yet whenever I am watching them, I always prayed for their victory.
Honestly, I don’t follow their games or when will be their game is. It is a matter of timing when I shifted to the channel where the game was aired. This recent cup the team failed to bring home the trophy.
In the last two games which I watched they are competing with Talk ‘n Text and B-Meg Llamados. The team’s game with the Talk ‘n Text was a great one. The team was supposed to loss from one of the strong contenders of the cup, but Ginebra magic is really in the game. But they are quite the ‘dehados’ in their game with the ‘Llamados’. In the said game, Kings own the first and second quarter but failed to grab the victory from the Llamados in the last quarter. That game, spirit of cooperation is not seen on the team. It was the reason which I think the team loss in the game. Also, Mark Caguioa being not on the game really affects the match-up. He serves as the leader of the Gin Kings, and his team-up with Helterbrand is the team’s advantage in every match.
In the cup, they were off-shoot by the Llamados and the Talk ‘n Text who competed in seven games for the championship. How I wish it was the Kings who competed in the championship. But honestly, the championship in the said cup is one of the best games I had ever watched. I also felt the same heart beat whenever I am watching the Kings on the hard court.
Despite this, for many years we have witnessed how Ginebra succeeded in proving that they are the real Kings of the hard court. Attest to this is Marlon Aquino’s sweep on court, and Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand team-up in rocking the court.
Besides, being the Kings does not mean winning on the court, but being the real one is winning the heart of every basket ball fanatic—thing that I am guilty of.