San Miguel goes head to head with Alaska in UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-Off Finals

Posted on: June 24th, 2019

San Miguel will go head to head with Alaska in the finals after remaining undefeated in the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face Off.

San Miguel took down Purefoods in a heated match on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Kiko Adriano is one of the ‘best players of the game’ with 24 points and 3 rebounds.

The other two best players of the game were Danny the “Demolition Man” Ildefonso and Dondon the “Cebuano Hotshot” Hontiveros.

The Demolition Man had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while the Cebuano Hotshot scored 16 points and 6 rebounds.

Adriano, meanwhile, is happy to be a part of the tournament.

“Itong makarating kami dito at mapasama sa tournament ni Kuya is champion na kami especially iyong beneficiaries samin. Sobra-sobra napakalaking bagay maitutulong nito especially sa mga kasama nating players (Just by being here in Kuya’s [Daniel Razon] tournament, we are already champions, especially our beneficiaries. This is a huge help especially to our fellow players),” he said.

Purefoods opened the game with a strong offense leading in the first two quarters of the game.

Glenn Capacio, Alvin Patrimonio, and Roger Yap led the team with their performance. Purefoods was ahead by 15 points, 23-38, during the last four minutes of the second quarter.

Sam Miguel switched to a man-to-man defense and sped up their offense to break through Purefoods’ defense. They managed to bridge the gap by a point, 39-40.

By the third quarter, San Miguel was able to take the momentum from Purefoods leading the score with 55-53 and managed to take the game, 79-70.

Hontiveros was relieved they were able to adjust their strategy upon seeing Purefoods’ strong performance.

“Expected namin na pakikita nila magandang start buti naka-adjust kami, (We expected they will show a good start, but it was a good thing that we adjusted)” he said.

Ildefonso said their opponent studied their zone defense which gave them a difficult time during the first half of the game.

“Sa zone defense namin, mukhang pinag aralan nila. Mukhang nag-practice sila kasi halos ano nila sa labas sumu-shoot kaya nahirapan kami (They studied our zone defense. They really practiced because they were shooting from the outside. We had a hard time),” he said.

Alaska advances in the finals

Alaska was able to take the game from Ginebra, 84-69, securing a slot for the finals.

The best players in the game are Willie Miller, 25 points, Johnny ‘The Flying A’ Abarrientos with 16 points, and Jeffery Cariaso with 17 points.

Abarrientos is elated to be able to play in the finals.

“It’s a great habit for us even before when I used to play parang naging habit na namin, iyong character namin (it became our habit, our character) [that]every game we need to play possession by possession,” he said.

Pido ‘The Fireman’ Jarencio, meanwhile, scored 18 points where six of them came from the rainbow area.

Bal David and Marlou Aquino, scored 13 and 10 points respectively.

Jarencio said he is honored to be a part of UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face Off.

“Masaya ako naglalaro dito kasi this is for the foundation, this is for the players na may problema, may sakit kaya inspired ako to play (I am happy to play here because this is for the foundation, this is for the players who are facing difficulties, health issues. I am inspired to play),” he said.

Alaska and San Miguel will battle for the finals while Ginebra and Purefoods will battle for third place on July 8 at the Araneta Coliseum.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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