The PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series between San Miguel and Phoenix is far from pretty and the battle is bound to get ugly.
The Beermen, who are seeking their fifth-straight All-Filipino championship, clawed their way back from a 12-point deficit to go 2-0 up over the No. 1 seed Pulse, 92-82—but not without Christian Standhardinger getting ejected and Doug Kramer also receiving a flagrant foul, which resulted in multiple fines (Standhardinger P20K, Kramer P5K, Calvin Abueva P15K for flashing the dirty finger on camera).
Don’t even get us started on Arwind Santos botching a wide-open dunk and Phoenix coach Louie Alas going off on Twitter after a technical foul was called against team governor Raymond Zorilla and his players were labeled “dirty.”
If there’s one pleasant thing that came out of that ugly match, it was the impressive lineup of sneakers from both teams, highlighted by a mash-up Air Jordan, a couple of flamboyant Black History Month pairs, and a clean signature shoe, among others.
San Miguel Beermen
Arwind Santos - Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro ‘All-Star’
Alex Cabagnot - Nike PG 3 ‘BHM’
Chris Ross - Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Win Like ’96’
Christian Standhardinger - Nike Hyperdunk X
June Mar Fajardo – Air Jordan 6 Rings ‘Gym Red’
Marcio Lassiter - Nike PG 2 ‘ACG’
Terrence Romeo - Peak TR7 Romeo 1 ‘Platinum’
Phoenix Fuel Masters
Alex Mallari – adidas Pro Bounce Madness Low 2019 Core Black/Cloud White/Solid Grey
Calvin Abueva - Nike PG 3 Black/White
Jason Perkins - adidas Dame 5 ‘People’s Champ’
Jaypee Mendoza - Nike Kyrie 2 ‘BHM’
JC Intal – Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 Grey/Multicolor
Justin Chua - Nike Kyrie 4 (Team) Black/White
LA Revilla - Nike PG 3 Black/White
Matthew Wright - Nike Kobe AD ‘Black Toe’