The San Miguel Beermen and the Meralco Bolts are going to battle against each other in their best-of-seven series on Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the evening.
Both of the semi-final branches feature an SMB-MVP series. The other best-of-seven face-off is hosted by the Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots and the reigning champions of the Philippine Cup, the TNT Tropang Giga.
San Miguel had a phenomenal run throughout the eliminations, finishing the round with nine triumphs and just two setbacks as they earn the number one spot on the standings list.
The Beermen then went off to dominate the Blackwater Bossing in their twice-to-beat dispute with a final score of 123-93 in the first round of the playoffs.
As they gear up for their upcoming match against Meralco on Wednesday, they are coming off an eight-day breather by then.
In their previous two games, the Bolts have won them all, including their quarterfinals meeting in the 2021 Governors’ Cup where Meralco had the twice-to-beat upper hand and defeated the Beermen in the first matchup, 100-85. The other dub is in the elims in the current conference where Meralco finished San Miguel’s last match in their favor, 89-86.
Finally defeating Tim Cone and the Gin-Kings, coach Luigi Trillo and the Bolts are now entering their fifth straight semis but will face the heavily experienced San Miguel group.
However, Meralco’s Chris Newsome and his teammates are not turning their back against the Beermen.
“Meralco’s never been to the finals in the all-Filipino so we can use that as motivation,” shared Newsome. “We recognize that we still have more history that we can make.
“We go over the hump against Ginebra but it’s just one step. There’s another goal that we haven’t reached yet, which is getting to the (all-Filipino) finals,” he added.
Still, June Mar Fajardo and the rest of the San Miguel squad are heavily favored against the Bolts, especially with a healthier lineup now.
“It’s going to be tough, especially with their lineup. But we’re looking forward to this series,” Newsome said.
“Like I’ve said, if you wanna get to the top, you have to beat the best. San Miguel is one of the best, if not the best, in the all-Filipino. So we have to go through them if we wanna go to the finals,” Meralco forward added.
SMB is aiming to earn the highest honor once again to append another trophy to their already-stacked collection of championships in the Philippine Cup.