Philippine Basketball Association
KFC-PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 4
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants vs Alaska Aces
March 3, 2010, 7pm
Purefoods TJ Giants will try to sweep the Alaska Aces tonight in Game 4 of their best-of-seven finals series. No team has ever swept an All-Filipino Finals in the history of the PBA, but Purefoods is just one win away in getting its 5th All-Filipino title and Coach Ryan Gregorio if they win will be the only coach for Purefoods to win 2 All-Filipino titles. (Other Purefoods coaches with All-Filipino titles: Ely Capacio-1991, Chot Reyes-1993, Eric Altamirano-1997). Before the game, the Best Player of the Conference will be awarded, it will be a close fight between Willie Miller and James Yap.
Defense will be key again for Purefoods specially in the crucial minutes of the ballgame where Purefoods dominated Alaska in the last 3 games. Purefoods bench must step up again: Peter June Simon, Nino Canaleta, Don Allado and Rico Maierhofer must provide quality minutes while the starters are resting. Key players for this game will be Marc Pingris and Rafi Reavis, which should control the boards and keep their intensity both in offense and defense.
The other finals in PBA history that resulted in a sweep was in 1985 between North Consolidated Cement RP Team of Ron Jacobs beating Manila Beer and in 1992 with Import Tony Harris leading Swift Mighty Meaties against Seven-Up.
Based from our research from around the world, no professional sports team won a sweep during the semifinals only to get swept in the finals.