Eight days ago, the Alaska Aces were up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. The audience that packed the Philsports Arena was primed, and the balloons were ready – it was to be a great night for one of the greatest franchises in the nation’s favorite sport. But that was not to be, and, with victories over the next three games, the San Miguel Beermen were able to claw their way back to contender status – the first time a PBA team has ever accomplished the feat from a 0-3 deficit. Now, with the series tied at 3-3, Wednesday’s Game 7 will be the ultimate match to decide who will be crowned victorious.
For anyone who witnessed Friday’s Game 6, which ended 100-89 in favor of the Beermen, the drama that played out over the course of the tension-filled game was nothing so much as an emotional roller-coaster. Throughout the playing time, both teams matched skills and wits to gain the advantage.
Despite what many fans perceived to be questionable calls on the part of the officials, Aces Head Coach Alex Compton told media that his team was beat “fair and square”, and even complimented the Beermen on their win, saying they “clearly deserved” it.
When the tip-off happens at the SM Mall of Asia Arena between the Beerman and the Never Quit Squad this Wednesday, the Heart on Fire will be on full display. At this point, each side has something to prove and, as both teams hold the league record for most first-runner up finishes, with 14 a piece, history will be made, regardless of the final score.
The best is yet to come.