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Meralco def San Miguel, 93-86 [Finals Game 1 | PBA S48 PH Cup | June 5, 2024]

A breakthrough crown for Meralco? Or continued dominance for San Miguel Beer?

These are the lofty goals to be chased as the gritty Bolts of Meralco and the flamboyant Beermen of San Miguel start their PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup title dispute at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

A player call-out ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m. ushers in the championship series seen as a intriguing duel of styles of game, skills and character.

The Bolts, responding to the coaching combination of coach Luigi Trillo and active consultant Nenad Vucinic, are the latest challengers to dominant champs Beermen, going to battle likely to be locked-in in their defensive mindset.

For that could be their only chance to battle all the offensive weapons the San Miguel Beer could unleash from June Mar Fajardo to CJ Perez, Terrence Romeo, Marcio Lassiter, Jericho Cruz, Chris Ross and all the way down to their last man.

With all the achievements tucked under their belt, the Beermen are a determined lot in chase of a special feat — a Philippine Cup title repeat, Season 48 sweep and 30th overall crown in the franchise’s fabled history.

Meralco, meanwhile, is a hungry team in search of a first crown since joining the league in 2010.

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