The Barangay Ginebra Kings are back on top after they defeated the Air 21 Express 97-84 for the PBA Fiesta Conference Crown.
Best Player of the Conference Jayjay Helterbrand missed the game due to a hamstring injury. Mark Caguioa and Paul Artadi were slowed down by leg injuries. Junthy Valenzuela left the game in the third period due to tendonitis and did not return. Though handicapped by injuries, Ginebra was able to fuel their championship drive with their heart to win. Ronald Tubid and Erik Menk carried the load on their backs as they combined for 43 points and 17 rebounds. Tubid and Menk were eventually awarded as the Finals co-MVP. Chris Alexander was hounded by fouls in the game but still contributed 16 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks.
It was an appropriate finish for an exciting best of seven series that could have gone in favor of both teams. Air 21 and Ginebra both deserve the crown, but only one team can win it all.