THE battle between two dynasties has come down to one final game, and it's a fitting way to end the championship series of the PBA Philippine Cup.

San Miguel Beer’s CJ Perez (left) and Talk ’N Text’s Roger Pogoy battle for the rebound during Game 6 of the PBA Philippine CUp best-of-seven finals at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. PBA PHOTO
San Miguel Beer’s CJ Perez (left) and Talk ’N Text’s Roger Pogoy battle for the rebound during Game 6 of the PBA Philippine CUp best-of-seven finals at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. PBA PHOTO

A winner-take-all, Game 7 encounter was formalized right after San Miguel Beer scored a convincing 114-96 thrashing of the banged up and undermanned TNT Tropang Giga in Game 6 Friday night, setting up what promises to be an explosive way to wind up this colossal tussle between these two dynasties.

The Tropang Giga were a walking wounded squad as the team played without two key players in Game 6.

A sprained ankle, which he suffered in the second half of Game 5 forced Jayson Castro, the heart and soul of the Tropang Giga, to miss Friday's game. The veteran guard also had to leave in the second half of Wednesday's encounter and was unable to return.

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In Game 6, Glenn Khobuntin wasn't able to see the action as well, as he was sidelined by an MCL injury.

Then, there's Poy Erram, who had to play in pain.

Playing with its floor leader, one of its best two-way players and its starting center, the Tropang Giga appeared to be a hospital ward and couldn't even keep up more with the explosive Beermen when top gun Mikey Williams was grounded all game long.

Williams had a career-low two points as the reigning scoring champion and last season's Finals MVP was practically shackled by the Beermen's defense and struggled for 1-of-13 shooting from the field, missing all of his eight attempts from beyond the arc.

But San Miguel went business as usual in a game it could not afford to lose, with two players able to rise to the occasion.

Marcio Lassiter and CJ Perez caught fire in the first period, combining for 23 of the 40-point output produced by the Beermen, the most scored by the team since scoring the same production in the fourth period of their 132-94 beat down of Barangay Ginebra in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup finals.

Lassiter ended up with 22 points on a prolific 6-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

Simon Enciso then joined the three-point party as he hit six treys as well and tallied 17 of his 20 points in the second period.