From last-minute playoffs participant to Leg 6 champions.
That’s the amazing trek resolute San Miguel Beer made as the Beermen hurdled five do-or-die games to rule the sixth leg of the PBA 3×3 Lakas ng Tatlo Second Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Boycie Zamar-coached Beermen put the finishing touches to their Holy Wednesday run with a 21-17 clincher over the erstwhile unbeaten Pioneer Pro Tibay in the finals.
Ken Bono turned in a dominant outing of 10 points on a 10-of-15 field goal shooting to go with seven rebounds to lead SMB to its second leg victory after previously conquering the second stop last month.
Bono and teammates Louie Vigil, Jeff Manday and James Mangahas netted P100,000 for this latest feat, which all but secured San Miguel’s position among the Top 4 seeds in next week’s conference grand finals.
After dropping their first two assignments in Pool B Tuesday, the Beermen faced a must-win against Terrafirma 3×3 in their last elims game Wednesday morning to take the No. 3 in the group and get into the knockout for the eighth and last quarterfinal berth.
They took care of business, beating the Dyip, 21-14, for a 1-2 mark, before completing their quarterfinal qualification with a 21-17 verdict over Cavitex.
The Beermen then took down two heavyweights – unbeaten Meralco 3×3 and TnT – to reach the leg finals for the second time.
San Miguel 21 – Manday 14, Vigil 4, Bono 3, Mangahas 0.
Cavitex 17 – Fonacier 7, Fajardo 4, Rivero 3, Reyes 3.