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.

San Miguel Beermen

Alex Cabagnot – Nike PG 3 ‘Black History Month’

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June Mar Fajardo – Air Jordan 6 Rings ‘Gym Red’

Matt Ganuelas-Rosser – Nike PG 2.5 Black/Pure Platinum-Anthracite

Marcio Lassiter – Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier 7

Kelly Nabong – Nike PG 3 Black/White

Von Pessumal – Nike PG 2.5 ‘Photo Blue’

Chris Ross – Air Jordan XI White/Black-Dark Concord

Terrence Romeo – Peak TR7 Romeo 1 ‘Platinum’

Arwind Santos – Jordan Melo 1.5 ‘Knicks Home’

Christian Standhardinger – Nike Hyperdunk X

Ronald Tubid – Air Jordan 33 ‘University Red’

Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok

Mark Barroca – Nike Hyperdunk X Team Bank

Rodney Brondial – adidas Dame 4 ‘Stats’

Rome dela Rosa – Nike Kobe AD ‘Exodus Red’

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Jio Jalalon – Nike Kyrie 4 ‘White Gum’

Paul Lee – Nike PG 3 Black/White

Justin Melton – adidas Harden Vol. 3 ‘Imma Superstar’

Aldrech Ramos – Nike PG 3 EP ‘Monochrome’

Rafi Reavis – Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier 11 ‘Wine’

Ian Sangalang – Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 Low ‘UCLA’

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