From 10 teams during eliminations, to 2 teams reaches the first two spots fro the semis (Air 21 Express and Red Bull Barako), 8 teams remained. 2 teams again reaches the spots for quarterfinals (Coca-Cola Tigers and Alaska Aces). Now there are only two spots remaining. Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings first get the spot. And from the wildcard phase, Magnolia Beverages takes the final spot.
Air 21 Express and Red Bull Barako were just waiting for the teams they were playing against for the semis. The Gin Kings played against Alaska, while Magnolia played against Coca-Cola. Gin Kings won the game by winning 2 games to 3 against the said team they'll be playing. And as well with Magnolia.
For the semifinals round. Brgy. Ginebra fought the Barako to a 4 straight winning game. And way before the eliminations, Ginebra didn't get the chance of winning against them. Air 21 won against Magnolia by a do-or-die game 6.
The finals arrived. It's a 7 game round. First to win 4 games will be declared as the champion for the SMART PBA Fiesta Conference 2008.This years championship game is Air 21's first approach after the team playing for about 6 years in the said association. Where as in the side of Brgy. Ginebra, this is there first comeback after a long vacation not playing to the finals.
Last night was there first battle. Brgy. Ginebra won the first game by a 9 points lead. And Mark Caguioa was declared the best player of the game. Ginebra dominated this sesson by a 14 winning straight games from the eliminations to finals. Would they will be able to continue it? Or would it be Air 21 destroyed the plan? According to Jason Webb, "hindi lahat ng unang umaarangkada ang nagwawagi, its who wins at last".
4 Best Players of the Two Teams
Mark Caguioa - 47 - (GUARD)
Jay-Jay HelterBrand - 13 - (GUARD)
Gary David - 20 - (GUARD)
Arwin Santos - 29 - (FORWARD)
For more reading of the first game, click on the link below: http://www.pba.ph/content/view/2237/1/