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Purefoods goes for historic sweep

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.

Another Note:
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.

Ryan Gregorio vs Tim Cone

Purefoods TJ Giants vs Alaska Aces
Coach Ryan Gregorio vs Coach Tim Cone

Coach Ryan Gregorio

Coach Ryan Gregorio

Purefoods Franchise

  • 4 All-Filipino Crowns
  • 13th All-Filipino Finals stint
  • Last All-Filipino Title: 2006

Coach Ryan Gregorio (37yrs old)

  • 2002 (Interim), 2003-present
  • 2 PBA Titles (2002 Governors Cup, 2006 Philippine Cup)
  • 4 Finals appearances
  • 2-time PBA coach of the year (2002,2006)
  • 2-time All-Star Coach (2005,2008)

Alaska Franchise

  • 2 All-Filipino crowns
  • 12 PBA Titles
  • Last All-Filipino Title: 2000

Coach Tim Cone (52 yrs old)

  • 1989-present
  • 21 Finals appearances
  • PBA Grand Slam in 1996
  • 1998 Centennial Team Coach (Bronze Medal)