San Miguel wins Perpetual trophy at the expense of Ginebra

San Miguel wins Perpetual trophy at the expense of Ginebra
THREE-PEAT! The San Miguel Beermen have won three straight Philippine Cup titles after taking care of Brgy. Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

San Miguel had three cracks at history.

The Beermen only needed one.

The PBA's prestigious Perpetual Trophy has found a new home after San Miguel Beer took the 2017 Philippine Cup with a 91-85 Game 5 victory over Brgy. Ginebra Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen wrapped up the series, 4-1, and become the second team in history to capture three straight All-Filipino titles.

As such, San Miguel has matched rival Talk N' Text's feat and now get to take home the 2013 version of the beautiful golden trophy named after former commissioner Jun Bernardino.

TNT owns the original 2006 version after winning the Philippine Cup from 2011-2013.

Despite controlling the majority of the contest, the Beermen had to endure a late Ginebra rally to pull this championship off.

A booming three from LA Tenorio put the Gin Kings to within one, 83-84, with 2:28 to go before San Miguel went on a 7-2 run the rest of the way.

June Mar Fajardo first scored a crucial putback following an Alex Cabagnot miss before Chris Ross connected on a wild layup to put the Beermen ahead, 89-83, with 47 seconds left. An emphatic jam by Arwind Santos sealed San Miguel's three-peat.

"Palagay ko makakapag-pahinga na tayo pare-pareho," a beaming head coach Leo Austria said after becoming the first coach to win the Perpetual Trophy all by himself.

Chot Reyes won the first two of TNT's three-peat in 2011 and 2012 before Norman Black completed the job in 2013.

"It's not an easy win for us, but ang players namin, sabi ko sa inyo, ang body language nila is different. Kundisyon sila and this is what happened. I'm confident with my players dahil since we won the championship in the last All-Filipino Conference, this is the same body language I've seen. Relaxed na relaxed sila," he added.

Despite four starters playing above 40 minutes, San Miguel's core delivered anew with June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos scoring 21 points apiece to lead the Beermen.

Alex Cabagnot added 18 while back-to-back Philippine Cup Finals MVP Chris Ross finished with an all-around effort of 12 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, and six steals.

Despite three players scoring 20 or more points and having a 57-29 rebounding advnatge, Ginebra failed to stop the San Miguel juggernaut, losing in the Finals one conference after winning it all in the 2016 Governors' Cup.

Japeth Aguilar finished with 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Gin Kings. Sol Mercado and Joe Devance both added 20.


The Scores

SAN MIGUEL - Fajardo 21, Santos 21, Cabagnot 18, Lassiter 12, Ross 12, Espinas 4, Tubid 3, De Ocampo 0.

GINEBRA - Aguilar 26, Devance 20, Mercado 20, Tenorio 10, Marcelo 4, Thompson 3, Caguioa 2, Ferrer 0.

Quarterscores: 27-21; 51-41; 63-61; 91-85.



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