Bobby Ray Parks Jr., dribbled the ball on top of the key, priming himself up for the game-winning shot. Fans inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum were at the edge of their seats, waiting for a highlight reel to happen.
But when Parks started to attack Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, the latter stripped the ball from his hands. Alex Stepheson dove for the ball then passed it to Mike DiGregorio, who was not aware that the game clock was almost up.
The game went into overtime.
It was a costly near-turnover for Parks. But that didn't dampen his spirits at all. Parks lit up in the extra period and scored 10 of the Elite's last 14 points to lift them to a 108-107 victory over Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday night.
"I told him after that steal to not worry about it. He didn't fold. He made a mistake but what matters most was he made up for it," said Blackwater head coach Aris Dimaunahan said of Parks, who wound up with 28 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
But Dimaunahan made special mention of Stepheson, whose hustle play salvaged the match for the Elite since it could have been a breakaway layup for the Gin Kings.
"Congratulations to our players especially to Alex Stepheson. By diving for that loose ball, the steal didn't happen," he said.
Dimaunahan was still gasping for air upon entering the press room after the nip-and-tuck match that gave the Elite a perfect 2-0 record in the mid-season tournament.
Ginebra had the chance to snatch the victory. Brownlee ran up the court but two players in white swarmed him, forcing him to kick the ball out to Scottie Thompson in the right corner. Thompson's three-point attempt hit nothing but air after Parks challenged his shot.
Brownlee finished with a career-high tying 44 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. Greg Slaughter had 24 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks but was a non-factor in the homestretch.
Blackwater 108 - Parks 28, Stepheson 28, Belo 20, Digregorio 12, Maliksi 11, Sumang 5, Cortez 2, Tratter 2, Sena 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Alolino 0, Desiderio 0.
Ginebra 107 - Brownlee 44, Slaughter 24, Tenorio 8, Dela Cruz 8, Chan 7, Thompson 7, Aguilar 3, Caperal 2, Mariano 2, Ferrer 2, Teodoro 0, Mercado 0.
Quarterscores: 25-22, 46-47, 70-79, 94-94, 108-107.
It was a reunion of sorts for Brownlee and Parks, who towed the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to the Asean Basketball League championship last year.
Jeff Chan suffered a right ankle sprain after landing on James Sena's foot while taking a corner three-pointer. He had to be wheeled out of the court to the dugout. Sena was called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 for landing spot and was ejected.
Brownlee paid homage to the late player-agent Sheryl Reyes as he wore a pair of Jordan 4 with "Angel in Heaven" written on it. He was referring to Reyes.
It was the second straight overtime win for the Elite after they also needed an extra five minutes to beat Meralco in their opener.
Blackwater vs. Columbian Dyip on May 26 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra vs. Meralco on May 26 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.