The San Miguel Beermen face a molehill of a challenge compared to the adversity they defied in their epic “Beer-acle” run in 2016.
They overcame a 0-3 deficit then.
And the Beermen are now halfway through to accomplishing a twice-to-win task, this time.
With a tremendous resolve and a big fight, the Beermen foiled the TNT Tropang Giga’s first shot at title-clincher and forged a Game 7 decider for the PBA Philippine Cup crown with a 114-96 rout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.
On a cold, rainy evening, the Beermen came out smoking and blew away a TNT side sitting out injured ace playmaker Jayson Castro along with wingman Glenn Khobuntin.
Marcio Lassiter and CJ Perez combined for 6-of-6 three-pointers to highlight SMB’s explosive 40-point opening quarter then Simon Enciso took over with five three-point bombs in a fiery 6-of-7 overall clip to sustain their run in the second period.
And there’s no letup in the SMB juggernaut as the Beermen romped to a series-tying triumph.
For the record, the Beermen won three Game 7s in their five-peat run, including the one in 2016 where June Mar Fajardo and Co. fought back from a 0-3 hole.