Willie Miller showed why he won the much-coveted Most Valuable Player twice as he helped lift Alaska Milk to a thrilling 77-75 win over San Miguel Beer in the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff on Monday before a sizable crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Still wily and funny at 41, Miller exploded for 34 points in leading the Milkmen to a vengeful win over the Beermen in their winner-take-all match for the P1-million top prize.
He also produced four assists, three rebounds to share the limelight with one-time MVP Johnny Abarrientos, who masterminded the team’s fightback early in the payoff period that saw them rally from a 60-52 deficit.
Flashing some of his patented moves, Abarrientos scattered 12 points to go well with hi six assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Playing his best game in the four-team, one-month tournament, four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio put on a double-double show as Purefoods overpowered Ginebra, 98-75, in the battle for third place in the event organized by UNTV President and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon.
Patrimonio tallied 16 points and 13 boards, the bulk coming early in the fourth period where the Hotdogs made a decisive run to rip the game wide apart.
But the night’s biggest winner was the PBA Legends Foundation, headed by former Crispa hotshot Atoy Co.
Including the top purse of P1 million, the foundation received a tax-free P2 million prize from the organizing UNTV.
Razon, who was accompanied by other Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International-UNTV bigwigs including Gerry Panghulan, said the P2 million will be used by former PBA players who are either sick or in need of financial assistance.
Alaska’s title win ended San Miguel’s four-game winning run in the tournament, including a massive 76-61 drubbing of the Milkmen in the elims.
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