So Alaska will face San Miguel Beer in the PBA Governors Cup Finals – a rematch between the two protagonists in the Philippine Cup title series this season.
Two teams with great coaching minds in Alex Compton and Leo Austria of Alaska and San Miguel, respectively.
Two teams with rich championship traditions – Alaska won 14 PBA titles since joining the league in 1986, while San Miguel pocketed its 20th diadem since becoming one ofthe pioneering teams in the pro league.
Two teams with exciting young players in Calvin Abueva of Alaska and reigning league MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel – the two top rookie picks in the 2012 PBA Draft.
Two teams that have the best local talents and of course, hardworking imports in Romeo Travis and Arizona Reid.
The Philippine Cup Finals is of course, a thing of the past.
The Beermen won that one behind Arwind Santos’ heads-up performance on the way to a Finals MVP trophy and another PBA championship.
But in the Governors Cup, we have an Alaska side, which has developed a kill mentality.
After finishing with a tournament-best 8-3 record in the eliminations, the Aces went on a four-game winning streak in the playoffs (including a 3-0 semis sweep of deposed champion Star Hotshots) to reach the Finals.
In contrast, after registering an 8-3 record (tied with Alaska) in the elims, San Miguel survived the quarterfinal rubber match against Meralco, before subduing Rain or Shine, 3-1 in the rugged semifinal duel to reach the championship series.
Alaska hopes to end the season with a bang by capturing their 15th PBA crown, but we all now San Miguel will do everything it can to continue its winning tradition.
Your pick – Alaska? San Miguel?