San Miguel eyes place among PBA's greatest teams

Apr 07, 2018


The San Miguel Beermen are determined to cement their place among the league's greatest teams of all-time after capturing their fourth consecutive PBA Philippine Cup championship.

San Miguel joined Crispa as the only teams to win the PBA's most important tournament four straight times after finishing off Finals opponent Magnolia with a 108-99 double overtime victory Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

It marked the fourth time in the last 10 conferences that the Beermen have won the title, enhancing their current status as the league's king of the hill.

"Other than all the other external stuff, we want to be labeled as the paradigm of Philippine basketball," said San Miguel guard Alex Cabagnot.

San Miguel's paradigm of success was achieved after completing some of the PBA's biggest milestones that included the famous 0-3 comeback against Alaska in the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals.

June Mar Fajardo are setting individual records despite quietly playing the starring role for a team that has Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter while coach Leo Austria has kept a perfect batting average after six trips to the finals.

The Beermen's focus now shifts to becoming the sixth team in league history complete a grand slam.

The debut of Fil-German Christian Standhardinger in the Commissioner's Cup should enhance the Beermen's bid to succeed.

"Yung legacy, yung mga history, gusto naming kunin e," said Santos. "Tinitignan namin mga kalaban namin e. Kayang-kaya. Kahit kung tinitignan mo lineup namin, kahit papaano, hindi naman masama mangarap.

"So kami nangangarap, at the same time, di lang namin pinapangarap, pinagtatrabahuhan namin. Kahit anong taas ng pangarap namin, kung hindi naman kami nagkakaisa, wala rin," he added.(JT)
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