SAN Miguel Beer added another milestone to the storied PBA franchise’s rich history in disposing the TNT KaTropa in six games to become the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup champion on Sunday.
The Beermen thus ended a 16-year drought for the title in the midseason tournament, winning their fifth crown in eight conferences under coach Leo Austria and extending the PBA record for most championships by a single franchise to 24.
The Big Dome was rocking with SMB’s accomplishment as the players, coaching staff, team management, their family members and the fans celebrated the feat that put the Beermen one title away from another Grand Slam.
SPIN.ph lensmen were on the ground to capture the celebration as the Beermen drowned in smiles, hugs and selfies after claiming the Commissioner’s Cup crown.
SMB import Charles Rhodes got off to a hot start in Game 6
The battlecry of SMB fans
Even with a big lead in the closing minutes, Arwind Santos and the Beermen did not let up.
Santos with his trademark celebration
The balloons start falling.
The Best Player of the Conference and the Finals MVP
SMB, Commissioner's Cup champions at last after 16 years.
Santos gives his son a victory ride.
Rhodes celebrates his first title as a professional with his loved ones.
The SMB fans get in on the celebration.
Chris Ross cuts down the net.
Finals MVP Alex Cabagnot all praises for his coach Leo Austria.
Like father, like son.
The celebration spills over inside the SMB dugout.
The top two players in the Commissioner's Cup, Best Import Rhodes and BPC Ross.
Beermen ready to party.