SMB marches to Finals

Foiled in their grand slam bid the last time, the Beermen are on track for another special feat, gunning for an all-Filipino four-peat against either the Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots or the NLEX Road Warriors.

But first, the Beermen will enjoy at least a five-day breather while waiting for the winner of the other semi-final series.

The Beermen won theirs in five games, disposing of the very team that crushed their grand slam hopes last conference.

June Mar Fajardo and his teammates warded off the Gin Kings’ all-out stand to book a fourth straight Philippine Cup final stint and 39th overall in franchise history.

“Nakita natin na nag-all out sila dahil their backs are against the wall. Hindi namin sila nakitaan ng white flag. They came out really strong. But our players refused to lose,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.

The Beermen eventually pulled through as Alex Cabagnot hit two clutch shots to break a 94-all deadlock while the Kings went without a basket in the last three minutes and 48 seconds of the contest.