As rare as they come, there is something about these games that excite basketball fans, and it will be no different on Wednesday when San Miguel Beer and Alaska clash in the deciding match of what has so far been an epic best-of-seven series for the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup championship.
It is only fitting for PBA fans that the quest to end the two longest all-Filipino title droughts among the 12 active franchises in the pro league has come to this - a Game Seven for all the marbles in the most coveted conference in a season.
This is actually the first Game Seven over the last four conferences, or since San Mig Coffee beat Petron Blaze, 87-77, to claim the 2013 PBA Governors Cup and start a string of four straight titles including a grand slam - only the fifth of its kind in the league's 40-year history.
In the Philippine Cup, a Game Seven is even rarer as this is the first in six years and only the third over the last 17 years.
The only two Game Sevens over the last 17 years saw Talk 'N Text beat Alaska, 93-89, for the 2009 Philippine Cup title where the Tropang Texters battled back from a 2-3 series deficit, and Sta. Lucia's 100-88 romp over Purefoods to win the only championship in the Realtors' history.
In the 25 best-of-seven finals in an all-Filipino conference, this is only the seventh that's going the distance.
This is the 32nd Game Seven overall in PBA history, and the 23rd in a PBA Finals.
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Hence this is the 102nd best-of-seven series in PBA history, and the 72nd in the Finals.