The appearance of Spider-man overshadowed the 88-86 victory of the Magnolia Hotshots over the San Miguel Beermen during Game-5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Series on Friday, May 10, at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
With 3:06 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the game got interrupted after a man wearing a Spiderman costume ran across the court while carrying a placard with the words ‘Vote Love, Love PBA, Love Philippines’. The costumed invader collided with June Mar Fajardo of the Beermen before he left the court.
Security personnel collared the court invader and brought him to the hallway leading to the dugout of the two teams while the game was put to a halt due to the surprising incident.
In a post-game press conference, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed that they will file charges against the invader who has been brought to a nearby police station.
According to Marcial, the suspect, who the league has yet to identify, came from the lower box of the audience area.
“Galing daw sa taas, tumalon-tumalon. Buti walang nasaktan sa mga player natin at siya medyo okay rin siya, hindi siya nasaktan,” Marcial told reporters.
Marcial assured that they will ask the management of Araneta Coliseum to increase the security personnel in order to prevent another similar incident during the remainder of the Final Series. He will also request that National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar deploy police for the upcoming games.
Per reports, the security also apprehended at least one accomplice of the court invader.
Meanwhile, after squandering a 16-point lead in the first half, Magnolia fended off San Miguel to emerge victorious in Game-5 and grab a 3-2 lead in the Finals.
Andy Barroca scored 22 points including the game-winning two-point shot for the Hotshots.
Still down by 13 points, 49-36, in the start of the third quarter, the Beermen sccored 11-straight points to cut the lead of Magnolia down to two, 49-47. Paul Lee ended the point leakage after making two free throws. However, back-to-back baskets from Fajardo and a three-pointer from Chris Ross put the Beermen up by five, 56-51.
San Miguel started a 12-point run in the final minutes of the game to close the score gap, 84-83. Jio Jalalon made two free throws to bring the Hotshots back up to three before Terrence Romeo of the Beermen tied the score, 86-all, with 1:24 minutes left in the game.
Marcio Lassiter attempted a three-point shot with 13 seconds left in the game to give the victory to the Beermen. However, he got blocked by Barroca who delivered the game winner.
Ian Sangalang finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Paul Lee added 12 points for the Hotshots, who only need one more win to dethrone the Beermen as Philippine Cup champions.
Fajardo contributed 21 points and 22 rebounds while Lassiter added 20 points for San Miguel that now needs to win Game-6 on Sunday, May 12, at Araneta Coliseum to remain alive in the Finals.