For the first time in a while, here’s a PBA finals without either San Miguel Beer or Barangay Ginebra.
But for most of the fans, it’s a welcome change especially as it pits two teams of equal caliber, with similar brand of play and both driven by a desire to end a long drought.
Alaska Milk and Magnolia clash for the PBA Governors Cup crown, and it looks well like a title playoff with all the trimmings of a classic clash.
The long breather before the start of the series on Dec. 5 at the MOA Arena adds to the excitement.
As for the Aces and the Hotshots, the breather allows them to recover from the rigors of the almost daily grind in the past three weeks and be ready for what could well be a war of attrition.
It’s a battle of wits between two former backcourt tandem in the defunct MBA looking for a breakthrough coaching title in the PBA, a classic matchup between two high-quality imports and a war between two teams both without a title at least in the last four years.
The Aces were even 0-4 in their previous title playoffs while the Hotshots dropped their title duel versus the San Miguel Beermen in the last Philippine Cup.