San Miguel Wins PBA 2015-2016 Cup

  • Page Views 3298
  • By EDDIE G. ALINEA

     

    No, it’s not a ‘miracle”, as others put it, that spelled San Miguel Beer’s historic conquest of the PBA 2015-2016 Philippine Cup.

    It’s ‘pride’ in the food and beverage firm’s rich tradition as one of the pillars in the growth sports in this country. A winning tradition that, for almost a century, from the time Spanish businessman, Senor Enrique Maria Barreto y Ycasa, brought it flagship product  to this shore, San Miguel upheld.

     

    From that time on, the men and women who carried the  company logo in he field of sports, have provided the bright backdrop lof the country’s competitiveness global sports be it in boys football, golf as many-time  main sponsor of Asia’s oldest Philippine Open, cycling, chess, baseball, softball, every sport under the sun.

    Ten Years ago, SMC president and CEO Ramon S. Ang shelled out P100 million by way of sponsoring the training of athletes in 11 sports in the country’s overall victory of the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.

     

    The amount took care of his build up of athlete in archery, athletics, baseball, boxing, dragon boat, karatedo, lawn bowling, muay, petanque and wrestling. Those sports accounted for  56 of the country’s total 113 gold-medal harvest for a high 49.56 percent.

    SMC was also responsible for the country’s winning its fort gold medal in the University Games s few yers back courtesy of Super Grandmaster Wesley So.

    The San Miguel Beermen’s recent triumph  rising  from a 0-3 grave to rule the local pro league’s most prestigious tournament enabled them to write  their names in the world’s sports history, joining an elite eight-team club which accomplished the feat the past 74 years.SMB-PBAchamps

     

    It, too, came as coach Leo Austria and his Beermen’s manifestation of the firm’s strict compliance to its log tradition of prestige that dates back from the late 19th century.

    Before fashioning out the rare feat via a 96-89 thriller of a conquest of Alaska Milk Wednesday, only four teams had actually done the trick. No team ever, not even in the United States’ National Basketball Association succeeded in attaining the honor on the hardcourt.

     

    The four previous times that a team succeeded erasing nothing-to-three deficit to win the crown happened in the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Liiga Hockey League in Finland and Russia’s Gagarin Cup.

     

    The Toronto Maple Leafs emerged he first team to come from the ashes when it captured the 1942 Sanley Cup diadem, beating the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in the finals.

    It took 62 years later to again see a team matched that Maple Leafs’ record when the Boston Red Sox advanced into the World Series by foiling the New York Yankees, who roared to a 3-0 lead in he opening three games of their 2004 American League championship, showdown to bring home the bacon.

     

    Completing the cast that succeeded bouncing back from the dead were KalPa of Finland and SKA St. Petersburg of Russia. KalPa upended the Blues in the finals playoff  of the 2012 Finnish Liiga Hockey League while SKA Petersburg, likewise, vaulted back from nowhere to deny CSDA of Moscow to march triumphantly in the 2015 Gagarin Cup.

    Three more sides had actually rebounded from the predicament of losing       the first three games of a best-of-seven in non-title playoffs, all in the National Hockey League.

    These were the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the quarterfinals of the Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers over the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semis and the Los Angeles Kings at the expense of the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference in the quarters, both also of Stanley Cup.

     

    Three NBA teams were able to force a seventh game in a series after falling to a 0-3 hole, but lost in the title run. They were the New York Knicks in the 1951 finals versus the Rochester Royals, the Denver Nuggets against the Utah Jazz in the 1994 Western Conference semis, and the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the Western Conference Playoff.

     

    For all winnings in the past, San Miguel looks it’s not done breaking records. Already possessing the winningest mark with 22 PBA championships, including rare Grandslam, there are more to conquer. And having won the firt tournament of this, the pro-league’s 41st season, another three-conference sweep is in the horizon.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 21 April 2018
      1 day ago No comment

      Captain Barbell, Darna, Lastikman in new mobile game

      ABS-CBN, in partnership with Xeleb Technologies, launches its newest mobile game, “Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle,” featuring the most iconic superheroes from Mars Ravelo’s comics series­—Captain Barbell, Darna, and Lastikman. “Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle” is a challenging puzzle game wherein players have to complete level goals within a limited number ...

    • 21 April 2018
      1 day ago No comment

      Kristine Hermosa back to doing teleseryes

      It has been eight years since Kristine Hermosa graced primetime television. Since marrying Oyo Sotto, she has taken a backseat from showbiz and has been focusing on their growing family. Now, Kristine is back on ABS-CBN’s fantasy series “Bagani.” “You know naman na my heart talaga is sa family ...

    • 21 April 2018
      1 day ago No comment

      Coleen’s mom admits Billy Crawford is already like a son to her

      BiCol were married on April 20. After planning her daughter’s Despedida de Soltera last April 14, Coleen Garcia’s mom Maripaz Magsaysay admitted she couldn’t help but get teary-eyed when Billy Crawford’s parents made an entrance after arriving from the US the night before. “I got really emotional kanina dun sa mommy ni Billy. Kasi ...

    • 20 April 2018
      2 days ago No comment

      The Best Lechon Manok Ever

      In the 1980s, when the lechon manok fad took hold of the Philippines, it was just impossible for any Pinoy to leave his home and arrive at his destination without seeing at least two competing lechon manok kiosks. It was during this time that Dolores and Dwight Salcedo were ...

    • 20 April 2018
      2 days ago No comment

      Michael V meets ‘Avengers’ stars , gives them 15-minute portraits

      Michael V not only had the rare chance to personally meet the stars of Avengers: Infinity War but he also had the opportunity to give their sketches that he did for them. The GMA-7 actor-TV host recently went to Singapore to interview the stars of the Marvel superhero film. Perhaps not ...

    %d bloggers like this: