5 years since last Finals clash, different San Miguel, Magnolia cross paths

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The last time San Miguel Beer and Purefoods, two of the PBA’s winningest franchises, met in the finals was back in the 2013 Governors’ Cup when San Mig Coffee outlasted Petron in Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Interestingly, that was also the last time the Beermen lost in a championship series.Five years later, San Miguel and Purefoods find themselves fighting for the championship anew, this time for the Philippine Cup title beginning on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think [this series] will last until six to seven games because as you can see, we finished with the same record after the eliminations at 8-3 and we also have a hard time dealing with them,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria, who is 5-0 in the finals.“For them (Magnolia) to be in the finals, they’re a strong contender and they’ve always been in the semifinals last season and what I fear the most is that they’re a very hungry team.“ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Penny Hardaway takes over as Memphis’ new basketball coach Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’re very thankful to make it this far. We’re facing a big challenge but we’ve managed to get here in the finals and we will really try our best to win the championship,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, who is a first-timer in the finals.San Miguel Beer, which disposed of Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals, needing only five games, is looking to cement itself as one of the best teams in history with a fourth straight all-Filipino title.“This is not dynasty or destiny, what we want is to make winning the all-filipino cup as a tradition,” said Austria, who flaunts the league’s best offensive team.Magnolia, on the other hand, hopes to regain its glory and end a four-year title drought.“We need an almost perfect game to beat the defending champions because they have a lot of championship experience,” said Victolero, whose team has the league’s top defense.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil San Miguel Beermen vs Magnolia Hotshots. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA lot has changed since the two teams met in the finals.SMB center June Mar Fajardo was just a rookie then, but he’s now reigning four-time MVP. The Beermen have been unbeatable in the finals, winning five championships, including the last three editions of the Philippine Cup.Magnolia won a Grand Slam and four consecutive crowns overall but Friday’s Game 1 will only be the Hotshots’ first finals appearance since 2014.Still, the differences between then and now won’t change the fact that the two sister teams are also fierce rivals.“We’re not going to give them the championship on a silver platter. We’re not just here for the experience. We’re here to win the championship,” said Magnolia team governor Rene Pardo on Wednesday during the pre-finals press conference.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img

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