The Alaska Aces and the San Miguel Beermen continue their epic rivalry when they clash in Game 7 of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Beermen, the last founding member of the league still participating and the Aces who joined the league more than a decade later, have the most PBA titles. The Beermen have 21. The Aces are second with 14 titles.
There will be no tomorrow in their classic showdown as they go at it one last time in this finale at an expected packed Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Alaska jumped to a commanding 3-0 lead to start the series. It seemed a sweep, or at least a quick championship playoff, was in the offing. That is until the Beerment rattled off three consecutive victories of their own to tie the best-of-seven series at three games apiece.
Despite failing to close out the series after holding a 3-0 advantage Alaska coach Alex Compton insists the pressure is now on the Beermen.
”I think the pressure is really on them. They’re the defending champions and they are chasing history,” said coach Compton.
The Aces are looking to claim their 15th overall championship and end a long 16-year drought after pocketing their last All-Filipino title in 2000. The defending champion Beermen are aiming for title No. 22 and a third crown in the last four conferences.
San Miguel Coach Leo Austria was composed and stated that winning three in a row means nothing if they don’t win another game to win the title.
”We’ve achieved nothing yet at this point. It’s just a tied series and there’s Game 7 to decide it. Through our experiences from last season, we know how to win and hopefully we can continue showing our championship heart,” said Austria
He said statistics don’t matter now because the team that wants it more will prevail.
Aside from winning a second straight Philippine Cup title, Austria admitted that becoming the first team to overcome a 0-3 deficit and emerge victorious is something that he and his wards are shooting for.
”Importante din sa amin ang history kaya gagawin talaga namin lahat,” said Austria.
Game Wednesday, Feb. 3
Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City
7 p.m. San Miguel vs. Alaska