In Pinoy street parlance, it’s called “rebanse.”
Less than a year after their slambang 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semifinal showdown, TNT and San Miguel Beer duke it out in a rematch — this time to fight for the ultimate glory in the league’s centerpiece tourney.
Going all the way to win the crown the last time, the Tropang Giga target back-to-back while the Beermen eye a return to the throne as they begin a best-of-seven title face-off Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
They have had a previous championship playoff in the all-Filipino tourney in the 2010-11 campaign with the MVP Group flagship franchise winning over its SMC counterpart in six games.
But that was eons ago or many conferences before the June Mar Fajardo era.
The score to settle was their Season 46 Philippine Cup semis dispute.
The date was Oct. 17, 2021 in the Bacolor bubble when TNT went on a hot shooting spree in a deciding Game 7 tiff, gunning down the Beermen, 97-79, to advance to a finals duel with Magnolia and subsequently mark its own return to the throne, ending long years of drought.
RR Pogoy rifled in four treys to highlight a 27-point game and then super rookie Mikee Williams tossed in three triples and a total of 20 markers as the Tropa roared to the finals while quashing the Beermen’s bid for return to the PBA finale since the last of their title runs in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.