PBA Finals: SMB-TNT championship history

Paul Lintag on Aug 04, 2019 07:41 AM
PBA Finals: SMB-TNT championship history
As the winningest team in PBA history, the San Miguel Beermen, the SMC group’s flagship squad, lead the head-to-head showdown with three Finals wins to TNT’s one.

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup marks only the fifth time that the league’s two flagship teams have squared off for the title.

As the winningest team in PBA history, the San Miguel Beermen, the SMC group’s flagship squad, lead the head-to-head showdown with three Finals wins to TNT’s one.

Before part 5 of this rivalry begins, here’s how both teams fared during the previous four Finals meetings.

 


2004-05 Fiesta Conference: SMB def. TNT, 4-1.

TNT made both Finals this season back when the PBA was in its two-conference format.

The then-Phone Pals lost the Philippine Cup to Ginebra in six games and tried to recover by taking on the Beermen in the Fiest Conference.

However, despite the Best Player of the Conference in Willie Miller and the Best Import in Jerald Honeycutt, top-ranked TNT suffered a gentleman’s sweep at the hands of the no. 2 Beermen, who then broke a four-year title drought.

 


2011 Philippine Cup: TNT def. SMB, 4-2

TNT’s dynasty was built with this championship.

The then-Tropang Texters were in a tight race against the Beermen all conference long, with both teams finishing with the same record at the end of the elimination round.

TNT got the no. 1 seed after all tiebreaks and then welcomed the no. 2 Beermen in the Finals.

The All-Filipino Finals was tied at two games each when the Tropang Texters, led by co-Finals MVPs Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro, completely overwhelmed the Beermen in Game 5 and 6, winning by a combined margin of 35 points.

It was the first of three straight Philippine Cup titles for TNT, the first team to ever do the feat to win the Perpetual Trophy.

The Beermen would later match — and surpass — the feat later in the decade.

 


2011 Governors’ Cup: Petron (SMB) def. TNT, 4-3

TNT literally came one win away from a Grand Slam in 2011 until San Miguel (then called Petron) ended the dream.

Practically TNT’s handpicked Finals opponents, the Blaze Boosters sure made the Tropang Texters pay with a rousing seven-game win for the championship.

It’s the only San Miguel championship, out of the current 26, that was won under the Petron name.

 


2017 Commissioner’s Cup: SMB def. TNT, 4-2

After two Finals series in 2011, the two flagship teams wouldn’t meet each other for a title until six years later.

In 2017, the Beermen overcame a TNT winner in Game 1 and a huge KaTropa run in Game 5 to seal the championship in six games, setting up their own run for a Grand Slam.

Unfortunately, San Miguel failed to cash in its momentum from the 4-2 Finals win against TNT in the Commissioner’s Cup and failed to complete the triple crown.

 


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