PBA fans of yesteryears were treated to a very exciting replay of probably the most famous rivalry in Philippine Basketball, with Toyota winning 65-61. Terry Saldana was the game’s MVP, with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Toyota led for most of the game, until Crispa’s Atoy Co hit two consecutive shots late in the 4th quarter to put Crispa ahead. Co struggled for most of the game, but made the jumpers to give his team the lead. Mon Fernandez reentered the game despite pulling his hamstring earlier in the game, and the Tamaraw’s countered the Redmanizer’s attack.
Inside the last two minutes, Crispa came within one after Bogs Adornado hit a big three-pointer to make it 62-61. But the next play was a classic, with a beautiful Fernandez-to-Jaworski pass, the Big J hitting the final three-pointer to extend the lead to four. It was his only field goal attempt throughout the game. Crispa’s Adornado missed a three-pointer in the next play, and they were forced to foul Jawo. He missed both freethrows, but the game’s outcome was already sealed.
What a way to start the PBA’s 2003 All-Star Weekend.