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Petron, Air21 And Facing Good And Bad Times

Petron Blaze is on a roll as of late, winning its last five games since dropping its conference-debut, a 92-94 loss to newcomer Globalport last month.

But during that five-game stretch, Petron also set a record of sorts with Air21, a team that has been on the other side of the spectrum since it has lost five straight games after opening the conference with a 74-70 win against Barangay Ginebra.

Against the Express, the Boosters had every advantage because of their size, their roster depth and of course, their energetic import in Renaldo Balkman.

While these advantages led Petron to the victory, the Boosters had to do it the hard way, engaging the boys of Air21 coach Franz Pumaren in a defensive matchup that saw both squads establish several record lows in the pro league’s 38th-year history.

Petron beat Air21, 60-53, but not after making just 24 of its 75 shots overall for 32 percent. Far worse was Air21’s shooting percentage which ended at 27.6 percent after making just 21-of-76 overall in the game.

Petron’s 60 points ended up as the sixth all-time lowest winning score – and the lowest winning score in franchise history.

On the other hand, Air21’s 53 points was the franchise’s lowest score ever in a game and equalled the seventh all-time lowest production in league history.

The two teams’ 113 points combined also went down as the fifth all-time lowest combined scores in a game.

“It was a defensive game for both teams,” said Petron coach Olsen Racela. “At halftime, I told the guys, ‘I don’t care if we have a low-scoring game as long as we make stops on the defensive end.”

IMG_0668Like Petron and  Air21, sometimes, we go through good times and bad times in sports or everyday life.

Sometimes, everything seems right, where you feel like “you’re in the zone”.

* You just got a surprise call from your boss that you’ve been promoted and your salary gets tripled.

* Maybe you won a raffle, trip for two to Hong Kong Disneyland in your company’s big event.

But at other times, nothing doesn’t seem to work.

* You’re two hours late in your work and you just jammed a finger after trying to squeeze past a crowded MRT Train.

* Maybe, you prepared hard for your exam, but the items you faced in the Finals was not what you studied.

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:14 (The Message translationOn a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days. So that we won’t take anything for granted.

For sure, God has a purpose for every circumstance. But when we learn to understand His purpose while also realizing that He remains in control, we’d learn to be thankful and praise Him for every given circumstance.

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