The Alaska Aces failed to do to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters what the San Miiguel Beermen did to them. The Beermen lost the first three games of this year’s Philippine Cup Finals to the Aces but then won the next four games to win the conference championship. Sportswriters called San Miguel’s comeback a miracle.
The Aces lost the first three games of this year’s Commissioner’s Cup Finals but won the next two games. Sports scribes and PBA fans thought that the Alaska team could perform a “milkracle” similar to that of the Beermen. But they lost the sixth game, the Elasto Painters emerging the conference champions.
The difference is that the Beermen had an archangel that made the miracle happen. They lost the first three games because their star player, June Mar Fajardo, was not able to play because of an injury. He didn’t play in the fourth game but he cheered on his teammates from the bench. In the next three games Junmar played and carried the team to three straight victories prompting the sportswriters to call the feat a miracle.
Archangels never came to perform a “mlkracle” for the Milkmen. The Aces lost the first three games of commissioner’s Cup Finals because their regular starters, point guard JV Casio and power forward Vic Manuel, did not play because of injury. Unlike June Mar Fajardo, they never got to play in the Finals. So, no archangel JV and Vic, no “milkracle.”