The overriding theme of the recently-concluded PBA Philippine Cup finals won by the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters over the underdog Powerade Tigers by a score of 4-1 was how the Tigers might be a team of destiny, an eighth seed that had to battle through long odds and adversity just to get to the finals.
But while the Tigers' dream run to the finals was indeed a feel-good, Cinderella-type story, the Tropang Texters' eventual triumph also had a fulfillment-of-destiny ring to it. For their road to the championship was also littered with obstacles and challenges, as the Tropa battled injuries, the near-fatal shooting of one of their big men, almost certain elimination at the hands of their rivals, and even history itself.
For coach Chot Reyes, their campaign was at a crossroads on November 9, when center Ali Peek was brazenly shot in the nape in a parking lot. Peek missed several games and eventually played again, but in the days following the shooting, Reyes wasn't too sure if his teamRead More »from TNT’s road to title was anything but smooth