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Shaq Delos Santos glad to contribute to SMC’s local sports domination

Over the years, the San Miguel Corporation has dominated the PBA. In 2018 alone, an SMC team won every one of the storied professional basketball league’s conferences.

The San Miguel Beermen won the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup, followed by the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel copping the Commissioner’s Cup. Then just last night, the Magnolia Hotshots ended a four-year title drought by taking the Governor’s Cup.

In volleyball, the SMC is now beginning to turn the Philippine Superliga into another constant stream of championships.

Petron won their fifth title on Thursday evening, taking down the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in Game Three of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference. The Blaze Spikers started the year by winning the Grand Prix as well.

The Blaze Spikers dispelled their rivals for the third time in five Finals meetings, giving them the upper hand in their steady trade of titles, 3-2.

Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos admitted that SMC’s success in basketball did factor in his team’s motivation for the season. The Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team head coach – who has won three titles as head coach for Petron – said it was all his team could do for the company’s endless support.

“Grabe kasi talaga ‘yung support ng management sa aming lahat, sa bawat player at coach. Talagang nadoon sila every step of the way para tumulong,” Delos Satos expressed.

“Kumbaga, sa ganoong klaseng suporta, championship na lang talaga ang puwedeng isukli.”

And he is hoping that the stream of success continues next season.

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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