It has been a long wait for the San Miguel Beer franchise. Despite fielding year in and year out one of the strongest line-ups in the PBA, the Beermen has not won a championship since the 2010-11 Governor's Cup while still known as the Petron Blzaze boosters. The last time that a team named San Miguel Beer won was the 2008-2009 Fiesta Conference and the last time this storied franchise won an All-Filipino plum was way back in 2001. San Miguel now has 20 PBA titles all in all.
I am really happy for them but I am happier for the PBA fans. The fans were treated with an amazing series. It could not have a better unless of course, we wanted Jvee Casio to make a miracle 3-point shot to propel Alaska to an improbable title. Alaska has shown a tenacity that was never seen in an Alaska team. Calvin Abueva emerged as the face of the new Alaska identity. Pesky, brash, kakainis, but so good that if only he were 6-6 his talent could have landed him a spot in the NBA. Alex Compton actually outcoached Leo Austria. Compton properly managed the playing time of his players while Austria gave heavy minutes to his superstars who almost got victimised by the fresher legs of the Aces. Talent luckily, prevailed over teamwork last night. It was like the destiny star was shining on June Mar Fajardo who on that night finally claimed a PBA title. It was a seemingly long wait for the once in a generation big man from Pinamungahan, Cebu. Fajardo has a potential to eclipse Mon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio if he keeps on improving every conference. Now that he has the championship, the pressure has been lifted and the fears of him becoming PBA's Patrick Ewing is now gone.
It was a great series and I am one of the fans who would have wished that there was a Game 8, and Game 9. I am sure PBA has won more fans last night after watching a classic conclusion of a surprisingly competitive Philippine Cup Finals.