And the San Miguel Beer dynasty lives on.
June Mar Fajardo and his teammates overcame an error-strewn first half, flashing the great SMB stuffs in the second half as the Beermen nipped the fierce-fighting Magnolia Pambansang Manok side, 72-71, to stretch their PBA Philippine Cup reign to five years.
Fajardo grabbed a league all-time high 31 rebounds and put in 17 points to make up for nine turnovers while Alex Cabagnot drilled in crucial shots at endgame to highlight an 18-point game as the Beermen beat out their worthy challengers in a well-fought do-or-die setto before a raucous crowd of nearly 13,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Cabagnot made the go-ahead basket on a tough fade-away off Paul Lee and the Beermen held the Hotshots scoreless in the last two minutes as San Miguel became the first team in league history to win the all-Filipino tourney five straight times.
And it was their 26th championship in all.
The Hotshots had their chance to foil the Beermen’s bid but Jio Jalalon muffed a shot underneath the basket at endgame.