First PBA Date

Photos by: iamfrancia

Words by: recleev

Game 1 of the Philippine Cup 2015 – 2016 of the Alaska Aces and the San Miguel Beermen, Our first PBA date could not be more exciting and more fun (heartbreaking for me though as an SMB fan).

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The Chosen One. A light seems to hollow Calvin Abueva from above. Is this a sign he will lift the Alaska Aces to victory in Game 1?
Young Voices of Patriotism. A children’s choir leads the whole Araneta Coliseum in singing the national anthem.
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Lakas ng Gatas. As the Alaska Aces huddle before the game starts, Maria Francia and I cannot hold our excitement for our first PBA game date.
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Major Pain Brings his Game. Eric Menk defies age and a couple of tough Beermen defense in Game 1.
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Kalawit Rebound. After scoring some three-pointers, Ronald Tubid shows everyone he can also crash the boards.
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Hanging in the Air. Chris Banchero takes a free lay-up, one of the moments when the Alaska Aces catch the Beermen off-guard.
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Past and Present. Gabby Espinas, former Alaska Aces big man, and Vic Manuel, current Aces Muscle Man, bang bodies in one of their clashes underneath the ring.
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Barkada Moment. The Alaska Aces’s team basketball is a marvel to behold. When individuals cannot step-up, it is the whole team that does.
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Agawang Bola. Maria Francia captures the perfect moment in this jump ball between Calvin Abueva and Marcio Lassiter.
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Beer Fuels Men. The June Mar Fajardo-less San Miguel Beermen comes out strong after the first half as they led the Alaska Aces, 42-38.
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Take it to the Other Side. Ronald Tubid will not be denied! One of Tubid’s shining moments in Game 1 as he went up, under, and reverse for the two.
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We Have Lift Off! The leaping ability of PBA players amazes Maria Francia and me. Yes, they are tall men, but look at how they float above the court and how close their heads are to the rim.
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The Resurrection. Yancy De Ocampo awakens the young basketball player in him and takes the role of Fajardo. He makes a couple of threes and sinks free throws like lay-ups.
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This Ain’t the Dance Floor. Nope, Espinas and Manuel are not break dancing. Espinas holds Manuel back from saving the ball from going out of bounds.
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Early Exit. Arwind Santos calls it a night as he fouls out with just four points and five rebounds. The Beermen misses him in Game 1.
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Breathing Room. De Ocampo scores a crucial jump shot to keep it close, but the Alaska Aces have other plans.
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Final Rebound. The Alaska Aces wins this rebound and wins Game 1. Manuel carries the Aces through the fourth quarter while Espinas and De Ocampo’s valiant efforts throughout the game fall short.
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The Courtside Photographer and the PBA Fan.

Heartbreaking though the San Miguel Beermen loss for me, it was still a great PBA first date. I finally saw a PBA game live, and Francia got to practice her beginner photography skills in capturing sporting events. We will be back soon PBA. (I promised to Francia we will watch Game 7 if our schedule and finances permit).


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