All hail the Sneaker kings of the PBA Finals

May 3, 2019
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

A vengeful Magnolia Hotshots squad drew first blood in its best-of-seven title rematch against the five-peat-seeking Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen, 99-94.

Paul Lee (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Ian Sangalang (17 points, 12 rebounds) led Magnolia in fending off a late San Miguel rally. June Mar Fajardo’s 15 markers in the fourth quarter went for naught in a repeat of last year’s All-Filipino Cup Finals opener.

Complacency has no room in the Hotshots locker room, though, after being swept by the Beermen the rest of the way during their first meeting. And while many are considering Magnolia as the underdog versus the four-time defending champs San Miguel, the same cannot be said about the sneaker war between the sister teams.

For every Jordan fan among the Beermen, there’s a Hotshot who is a Three Stripes lifer.

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