PBA Finals By the Numbers: 2nd chance at the Grand Slam
Paul Lintag on Aug 18, 2019 05:32 AM
San Miguel has a second chance to win a second franchise Grand Slam this year. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
San Miguel Beer is the PBA’s inevitable force.
The Beermen, already the league’s winningest team, added another title Friday, vanquishing top-ranked TNT to capture the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.
And as Thanos said, San Miguel needs “one to go” before capturing that ever-elusive Grand Slam.
Before the Beermen embark on their quest for a Triple Crown, a By the Numbers look from their most recent title.
Total championships for San Miguel Beer.
The greatest dynasty in the PBA just added another title further extending their lead against the rest of the league.
The closest to San Miguel in the PBA title race? Alaska and Magnolia who are both tied at 14.
Commissioner’s Cup titles for the Beermen in three years.
After going 17 years without a championship in this conference and seen as this batch of Beermen’s weak point, San Miguel has two Commissioner’s Cup championships in three years.
San Miguel beat TNT in 2017 and 2019 for the title. They lost to Ginebra in the Finals last year.
Official ranking for the Beermen at the end of the elimination round.
As a 7th seed, San Miguel had to overcome no. 2 Northport’s twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. SMB then beat Rain or Shine in four in the semifinals before needing six games to take down no. 1 TNT.
As a 7th seed, the Beermen are the lowest-ranked team to win a title. Add that to San Miguel’s bucket list.
Number of Grand Slams for San Miguel.
The Beermen accomplished the feat in 1989. 30 after the first, San Miguel wants a second.
All eyes will be on the Beermen in the Governors’ Cup.
San Miguel has a second chance to win a second franchise Grand Slam this year.
In 2017, the Beermen were in a similar situation, beating TNT in six Games for the Commissioner’s Cup to set up the team’s chase for a triple crown.
San Miguel was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Governors’ Cup by eventual back-to-back champion Brgy. Ginebra.
In 2019, the Beermen get a second chance and we’ll see if they get the job done this time.
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