Post PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 6 notes
MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen beat the Alaska Aces, 100-89, in Game 6 of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Friday night, January 29, to force a Game 7 that takes place on Wednesday, February 3.
The victory for San Miguel is quite historic, as it became the first team in PBA history to force a Game 7 in a best-of-7 series after trailing behind 0-3.
The farthest a team had gone after falling behind 0-3 previously was the 1997 Alaska Aces, who forced the Gordon’s Gin Boars to a Game 6 in that season’s Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
San Miguel tied that record by winning Game 5 this past Wednesday, and shattered it with its Friday win.
Game 7 of the PH Cup Finals will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena, which will hold its first ever Game 7 of a PBA finals since it opened in 2012. The game on Wednesday will also see the first ever time a champion is crowned at the arena located in Pasay, Metro Manila.
The Beermen are gunning for a 21st franchise championship. Currently with 20 titles, they already lead PBA history in that department. Alaska, which currently ranks second, is aiming for its 15th franchise championship.
Ironically, both teams are tied in first-runner up finishes with 14 each. San Miguel has 13 second-runner up finishes, while Alaska has 12.
The Star Hotshots currently have the third most PBA titles with 13. The team also has 14 first-runner up finishes and a single second-runner up finish.
San Miguel and Alaska are both .500 in Game 7s of PBA Finals, with the Beermen currently at 5-5 and Alaska at 4-4. In terms of head-to-head finals Game 7 contests, Alaska leads San Miguel 2-1.
San Miguel beat Alaska, 4-3, in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals and 4-0 in the 2015 Governors’ Cup Finals
The 2016 PBA Philippine Cup finals between Alaska and San Miguel is the 75th Best-of-7 finals in PBA history, and this will mark the 25th time a series goes to a Game 7.
A total of 12, 626 fans were in attendance for Game 6.
Most statistics above courtesy of PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon III. – Rappler.com