San Miguel Beer and Alaska arranged a winner-take-all showdown by besting respective semis rivals in the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff held over the weekend at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The Beermen banked heavily on the troika of two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso, Kiko Adriano and Dondon Hontiveros to outlast the Purefoods Hotdogs of four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio, 79-70, while the Alaska Milkmen demolished the Ginebra Kings, 84-69, via another solid effort from Willie Miller and Jeff Cariano.
Both San Miguel and Alaska came into their games enjoying twice-to-beat privileges in their respective semis series after finishing 1-2 in the short elims.
The face-off of the event bankrolled by UNTV through its president and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon is set July 8 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Razon said the combined prizes of the tournament worth P2 million – P1 million to the champion, P500,000 to the runner-up, P300,000 and P200,000 to the third and fourth placers, respectively – will go to the PBA Legends Foundation.
The foundation was formed to help former PBA players who are either sick or are in need of financial help for the education of their children.
Adriano topscored for the Beermen with 24 points but it was Ildefonso who made the key baskets.