MANILA, Philippines – San Mig Coffee and Barangay Ginebra will battle for all the marbles when they meet in Game 7 at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
No, they're not even fighting for the title, but their emotional match-up during their best-of-7 semifinal match-up seems worth a championship crown.
“It’s been a great series, a tough series with a lot of drama, and it seems only fitting that it should go to a Game Seven,” San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone said on the PBA website after seeing his boys engage Barangay Ginebra in a see-saw battle.
The Mixers claimed Games 1, 3, and 5, while the Gin Kings equalized in Games 2, 4 and 6. Almost all of their games ended via down-the-wire finishes.
But the momentum is at Ginebra’s side after its thrilling 94-91 win in Game 6.
“No doubt, Game 6 was a tough one for us to swallow. We felt we had it and then it was ripped away from us. Credit to Ginebra,” said Cone.
Although Barangay Ginebra expects San Mig to go all out in Game 7, coach Ato Agustin sees no need to make adjustments.
“Nakuha namin ang right formula the last time out. Walang pagbabago sa Game 7, pipilitin namin uling gawin ang mga tama naming ginawa sa Game 6,” he said.
The winner in Game 7 will face early finalist Rain or Shine in the finals.
Cone, however, said that winning Game 7 is just like winning the title itself.
“This is what we play for. As my daughter always reminds me, the best two words in sports: Game 7,” Cone said.
Agustin said the victory is for the Gin Kings to take.
“Nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon, sayang naman kung hindi namin kuhanin,” he said.