PBA: All-Filipino titans tussle, as San Miguel and Alaska battle in Batangas


Posted at Feb 17 2018 06:19 AM | Updated as of Sep 21 2018 12:30 PM

June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel Beer are in for a tough battle when they take on Alaska in Batangas. PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria wants his players to remember the upset axe Blackwater wielded at them when the reigning all-Filipino champions travel out of town for a crucial game on Saturday.

The Beermen (6-2) face Alaska (6-3) in the PBA Philippine Cup at Batangas City Coliseum at 5 p.m., as both teams hope to get win No. 7, close in on a place in the top 2, and secure the consequent twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.

"It's gonna be tougher from hereon and hindi kami pwede magpabaya. Ayaw namin ma-aggravate ang aming situation," Austria said in a story posted on the PBA website

Two Fridays ago, JP Erram orchestrated Blackwater’s stunning 106-96 win against San Miguel, a result that momentarily cost the Beermen their grip of the top spot.

San Miguel eventually regained the solo lead in the standings, albeit by a slim margin, when Magnolia and Alaska lost in their respective games.

Those 3 teams and Rain Or Shine are the only squads with 3 losses or fewer, which means they have an inside track at that coveted top-2 berth.

Alaska coach Alex Compton has only superlatives to describe San Miguel, whom the Aces battled in the all-Filipino conference finals in 2015 and 2016.

"We are looking forward to a tremendous challenge in Batangas City, and we are hoping we will provide all of the fans with a game they will remember," Compton said.

"San Miguel is San Miguel. They are the best team in the league with the best lineup."

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