Let’s set something straight. I missed the Ateneo-NU “do-or-die” game. I was checked in the Pal airport terminal awaiting my flight to Bacolod. The television monitors at the gates were showing something else while the sole TV in the lounge was out of order. Good thing my friends were updating me thru Viber and some kind lady was updating those who couldn’t watch in Atenista Ako FB page.
Instead of getting quarter by quarter scores, I was receiving play-by-play analyses. No one seems to be in the mood to work! What’s more, they were worried about the dark, heavy, gloomy clouds outside was troubling. It was signaling a heavy downpour!
My flight was delayed but what’s new with PAL? At least I can finish the game while still on the ground in Manila. First, second and third quarters pass. Ateneo was down but caught up. Come fourth quarter, it was time to board. As I walk towards the gate, I continued to get updates. As I show my boarding pass and walk thru the tunnel, it was a nip-and-tuck game. I took my seat and the doors closed and it was a deadlocked game! Still I kept my phone on but in silent mode to get the updates. As we began to taxi down the runway, the game clock was at 9.3 seconds with the NU ahead by 2 points. 9.3 seconds! You could hold your breath in 9.3 seconds!
And then the game was delayed due to lighting malfunction. Bitin! WTF?!
Throughout the flight I was thinking of positive scenarios although I knew that the situation was precarious. Maybe Ateneo scored 2 points to send game into overtime? Or even better, score 3 points for the win?! Darn, bitin naman!
Just before touchdown, phone started to vibrate as the updates and comments poured in. Talo! Bad trip!!!
Since I was totally oblivious to what happened after the delay, I wanted to watch the replay. Man, it took me over one hour to find out what happened after the last 9.3 seconds of play!
I was hoping for a more favorable result but nevertheless , I am proud of our Ateneo team and congratulate NU!
And my thoughts of the DLSU – FEU game? That’s a topic for tomorrow!