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Subtle Grand Slam boost for Beermen

With five titles in their last eight trips to the finals and the last two coming back-to-back, the San Miguel Beermen now look unstoppable in their bid to nail the PBA’s sixth championship Grand Slam and clinch the third three-conference crown sweep for the San Miguel Corp. franchise since 1975.

The Governors’s Cup, which starts on July 19, will be the last hurdle for the Beermen, whose all-Filipino crew had reasserted their status last March as the best in the league in the last three stagings of the Philippine Cup before ending their Commissioner’s Cup title drought since 2000 at the expense of the TNT KaTropa last week.

The Beermen captured a record 24th title for the SMC franchise with an emphatic 4-2 win over the KaTropa in the best-of-seven finals. Chris Ross was named Best Player of the Conference and Charles Rhodes was honored as Best Import to further highlight SMB’s dominance.

With imports’ height limited to 6-foot-5 in the Governors’ Cup, the Beermen will have a huge built-in edge in having the 6-10 June Mar Fajardo. But proven team strength and desire will not be the key to the Slam.

The crucial push will come from Barangay Ginebra and Star, which this corner believes will do everything, albeit subtly, to clear the way for an unimpeded Grand Slam march by their sister team SMB.

Whether the league likes it or not, SMB, Ginebra and Star are expected to prove that corporate blood is thicker than honest-to-goodness competition, especially on this occasion where one is close to PBA glory.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/255699/subtle-grand-slam-boost-beermen

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