Sport OKBET – In the All-Filipino Cup Finals, two of the most exciting teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) met. The Beermen defeated TNT Tropang Giga, 119-97, in game 7 of the finals.
The defending champions, an undermanned TNT, were defeated by Junemar Fajardo, C.J. Perez, and the entire San Miguel Ginebra Beermen in the 2022 Philippine Cup championship. Fajardo had 19 points and 18 rebounds, while C.J. Perez had a fantastic game, scoring 25 points. Chris Ross also called “night night” by hitting four (4) three-pointers, and Marcio Lassiter scored 15 points.
Despite the loss, the 37-year-old Jayson Castro had a night to remember with 32 points, eight assists, and ten rebounds. Helping him is the rising star Mikey Williams who had 22 points and shot three shots from behind the arc.
The first three quarters appeared to be a back-and-forth between the two teams, and the fourth quarter began. Tropang Giga’s nightmare turned into a 17-1 run. With their captain Jayson Castro out with an injury and head coach Chot Reyes out of the picture, TNT’s defeat was unavoidable. With this victory, the San Miguel Ginebra franchise has won its 28th championship. They are champions once more and at the top of the food chain. The Beermen, a dominant force during the regular season, reach the pinnacle of the PBA once more. This is also C.J. Perez’s first championship. Furthermore, the Beermen’s head coach, Leo Austria, shares the most Philippine Cup championships with Baby Dalupan and Chot Reyes.
The San Miguel Ginebra Beermen are not only the winningest franchise in the PBA, but the team’s centerpiece, Cebuano big man Junemar Fajardo, also wins his fourth PBA Finals MVP. The Kraken, a 32-year-old center, also wins his 10th PBA title. He and his team last held the trophy three years ago.
With the conclusion of the PBA Philippine Cup, several notable players will be available for the Gilas Pilipinas roster.
Junemar Fajardo and C.J. Perez, both Beermen, are now available to join the Gilas Pilipinas. That means the current Gilas Pool may drastically change the coming World Cup qualifiers. They will join Jordan Clarkson, Kai Sotto, and Dwight Ramos, among others, on the team.
Also, the former “Best Point Guard in Asia,” Jayson Castro, is being petitioned to join the team despite him already at the back end of his career. Due to the team’s underachievement in the past qualifiers, fans are calling out to have a change in the roster and the system, which means a new lineup and a new head coach. However, the team is still optimistic that they are still one of the best teams in Asia. Now that they have reinforcements, it will be an exciting journey for Gilas Pilipinas.
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