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    Alfrancis Chua eager to sustain SMC dominance in PBA, PSL: 'We're not gonna stop'

    Dec 22, 2018

    IF you thought 2018 has been a banner year for San Miguel Corporation, you haven't seen nothing yet.

    SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua vowed that big things are still to come for teams under the conglomerate come next year.

    "We're not gonna stop," he said Friday during the Magnolia victory party at the San Miguel compound to commemorate the Hotshots' conquest in the recently concluded 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.

    "Hindi kami pwedeng tumigil. I told the coaches and managers, at lahat sila na we need to learn more at iimprove yung bawat team namin."

    What a year it has been for teams under the SMC umbrella.

    Acquired at the start of the year, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas went on to claim the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) title behind Justin Brownlee, Renaldo Balkman, and two-time ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks.

    That golden year continued in the PBA where SMC teams completed a "Grand Slam" of its own, with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo leading the San Miguel Beermen to their fourth straight Philippine Cup title.

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    It didn't take long before Scottie Thompson shone for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they copped the Commissioner's Cup.

    And just recently, Mark Barroca anchored Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok to the Governors' Cup championship, the team's first since 2014.

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    But it wasn't just in basketball where SMC ruled.

    Petron also stamped its class in the volleyball arena, with the Blaze Spikers winning the Philippine Superliga championships in the Grand Prix and All-Filipino.

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      Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons also delivered a title in the PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup.

      "It just shows that San Miguel Corporation, especially si boss RSA, nakatutok hindi lang sa negosyo. Hands-on lagi yan si boss sa lahat ng bagay, pati sa sports. Alam niya lahat ng nangyayari," said Chua, attributing the SMC teams' success to the leadership of president Ramon S. Ang.

      "Siguro pag wala siya, mahihirapan kami kasi iba yung utak ng taong yun. Kaya rin mahal na mahal namin siya. Kahit gabi na, pumupunta talaga si boss. Talagang malaki ang pasalamat namin sa kanya kasi lahat kami, namo-motivate niya."

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      With the golden streak that SMC has had in 2018, it begs the question if it is considering in other ventures outside of basketball and volleyball.

      For Chua, he says that only time will tell.

      "It depends," he said. "Yung huling hinawakan namin, which is Letran, I promised the priests and alumni, ipapasok namin sa Final Four at naipasok naman namin."

      "Yung iba, soccer or any sport, we'll see. Baka pag hinawakan namin lahat yun, baka makalbo na ako," he said with a laugh.

      Whatever that next venture is, Chua only assures that when he gives a promise, he will deliver, and when he does, success sure isn't that far behind.

      "What sets us apart is we're a family. That's it. We treat them like family kaya ganoon kami. And we're not gonna stop now. It means to say in 2019, 2020, we have to find ways to make us competitive," he said.

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