WITH the PBA’s 40th season less than two weeks away, members of the board of governors are convinced the three teams under San Miguel Corp. umbrella, led by reigning grand slam champion San Mig, along with Talk ‘N Text are the prohibitive favorites this season.
The Mixers are actually eyeing their fifth straight crown this season, starting with the Philippine Cup, considered the most prestigious of the three conferences because it is the tournament that utilizes local players only.
“Tingin ko nasa five teams, No. 1 na diyan ang San Mig dahil grand slam champion sila, then the two others are San Miguel Beer and Ginebra, though Talk ‘N Text is also there,” GlobalPort alternate board governor Erick Arejola said during Tuesday’s press launch at the Edsa-Shang-rila Hotel in Mandaluyong.
Although San Mig has yet to win after six preseason games, Barangay Ginebra alternate governor Alfrancis Chua said the Mixers have a history of starting slow, only to finish strong in the end.
Fact is, San Mig didn’t even top the eliminations in any of the past three conferences last season, yet the Mixers peaked in time for the playoffs, en route to registering the first grand slam title in the league in 18 years.
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Meralco board governor Al Panlilio, Alaska team manager Dickie Bachmann, along with Barako Bull’s board governor Manny Alvarez and Blackwater’s Silliman Sy, all unanimously agreed that San Mig, San Miguel Beer and even Barangay Ginebra rank among the top three due to their solid rosters.
“From our standpoint, obviously, it’s San Mig Coffee as the favorite, followed by Ginebra, San Miguel Beer,” said Panlilio.
“I would say all the San Miguel Corp. teams, followed by Talk ‘N Text and Rain or Shine,” added Bachmann.
“I’ll go for San Mig Coffee, Talk ‘N Text and San Miguel Beer,” said Ramoncito Fernandez, president of NLEX Road Warriors.
Sy said he considers San Mig and Ginebra as the two favored teams this season.