San Miguel arranged a highly anticipated title matchup with TNT KaTropa in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup as the Beermen took the best the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters could offer in a tough 98-95 win Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
It boiled down to the dying seconds, with the Beermen preserving the three-point win as they stopped the E-Painters in their last possession, forcing James Yap to a critical turnover.
Chris Ross took a steal and, even with Terrence Romeo missing on the transition offense, the Beermen stole Game Four to seal a 3-1 series win that sent them to the finals versus the KaTropa.
They clash in a rematch of their 2017 Commissioner’s Cup title showdown won by the Beermen in six games. SMB and TNT have actually engaged in four title playoffs, with the Beermen enjoying a 3-1 upperhand.
They begin their fifth championship series Sunday also at the Big Dome.