You can find luck but not fight it

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP SPORTS - AL S. MEN­DOZA

YOU can find luck. Al­though it is not usu­ally seen by the naked eye out­right, it is ev­ery­where. Al­most.

But go, look for it, and chances are you won’t see it. In­stantly.

It is as elu­sive as a dream, as slip­pery as an eel – if not your cat­fish in the sum­mer­time.

Luck nor­mally comes at the most un­ex­pected mo­ment.

But can you make luck? Yes, you can. Luck just presents it­self right there and there.

It doesn’t just come in a sil­ver plat­ter.

The el­e­ment of sur­prise is its pri­mary com­po­nent.

Take the case of San Miguel Beer on this par­tic­u­lar night.

It was Game 2 of the PBA Philip­pine Cup.

As usual, Barangay Gine­bra, SMB’s semi­fi­nal op­po­nent, was be­ing swayed and sashayed by a throng that in­cluded Sec. Bong Go at the fes­tive-laden Smart Araneta Coli­seum in Cubao, Q.C.

The Gin Kings were way ahead, al­most a cinch al­ready to de­feat the Beer­men.

But when Gine­bra’s lead was cut to 95-92 with 13.4 sec­onds re­main­ing, Ar­wind Santos banged home a three from be­yond the key­hole arc. 95-95. Over­time.

It was a tight shot, with enemy hands par­tially block­ing Ar­wind’s eye­sight. Call that luck. Ar­wind’s luck.

It was ac­tu­ally a reload since, be­fore that triple, Ar­wind also made a sim­i­lar shot—much far­ther from where his over­time-send­ing triple was fired.

When it rains, it pours.

Luck ric­o­chets, too, you know.

Two lucky shots. And to think Ar­wind had only a soli­tary point to show in al­most the en­tire first three quar­ters be­fore fin­ish­ing with 11 points—6 of those from rain­bow coun­try, at crunch time. And then this. With 3.4 ticks left, Mar­cio Las­siter, fir­ing four straight points ear­lier, tipped in a miss by June Mar Fa­jardo for SMB’s win­ning 104-102 vic­tory and 2-0 lead in the race-to-three semi­fi­nals.

And wasn’t Las­siter cold as ice in the first two quar­ters but still man­aged to fin­ish with 25 points, tip­ping in the win­ner against re­bound de­mon Scot­tie Thomp­son at that?

The luck sim­ply pre­sented it­self and heck, Las­siter grabbed it by the neck.

The SMB luck it­self was helped, in no small amount, by Joe de Vance’s five-se­cond in­bound vi­o­la­tion lead­ing to Las­siter’s mar­ginal fin­ger­tip tap-in.

SMB coach Leo Aus­tria summed it all up, thus: “We just got lucky.”

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