MANILA, Philippines – The crown is back with the Kings.
Over 20,000 basketball fans were cheering at the Mall of Asia Arena but social media users who were not able to score tickets to the game were just as loud as Barangay Ginebra dethroned defending champions San Miguel Beermen for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup title. (READ: Ginebra finishes off San Miguel for PBA Commissioner's Cup crown)
On Wednesday, August 8, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel won their first PBA second conference title in 21 years.
BREAKING NEWS After 6 games in the #PBAFinals, Barangay Ginebra is your 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup CHAMPIONS! Congratulations, Barangay Never Say Die! https://t.co/SaqqdoAMJl pic.twitter.com/Vq77YOmYby — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 8, 2018
Team Bahay? No problem
Halfway through Game 6, some PBA fans were tweeting photos of where they're watching – from Team Bahay to Team Office to Team Traffic.
team Livestream! Wala na akong aabutan sa bahay! Ang layo ko pa! Basta manalo lang Ginebra! #NSD pic.twitter.com/UbHZZ3gKUw — Berna Liza (@ohitsmeberna) August 8, 2018 Team office lol! #BuoAngTiwalaGINEBRA pic.twitter.com/GZcoC4FCG1 — CHAMPSGINEBRATANGA (@TheRealJoy13) August 8, 2018 Team Bahay! #NSD pic.twitter.com/8XBzSPRHdx — (@JMuncada) August 8, 2018 SOLD OUT PO YUNG TICKET. TEAM BUS KAMI HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA pic.twitter.com/firg5N7ilE — ℱ. (@_fntxo) August 8, 2018
Champions once again
Shortly after Ginebra's Game 6 victory, #BuoAngTiwalaGINEBRA became the top Twitter trending topic in the Philippines. Other keywords about the game were also among the Top 10.
#BuoAngTiwalaGINEBRA is the number one trending topic in the Philippines! pic.twitter.com/BlOPqh5BkD — Barangay Ginebra (@barangayginebra) August 8, 2018
Sports fans were quick to tweet their thoughts about the championship series, and congratulated the new champions for dethroning San Miguel Beermen. Twitter users were also all praises for Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson after winning the Finals Most Valuable Player award.
"Hindi ko alam kung deserve ko to, pero deserve namin mag-champion." – Scottie Thompson, 2018 Commissioner's Cup Finals MVP — Rodneil M. Quiteles (@rodneilquiteles) August 8, 2018 SCOTTIE "THE DIFFERENCE" THOMPSON. #BuoAngTiwalaGINEBRA pic.twitter.com/bTiYoy6ckZ — #RIPiPhoneX #BAEnatiNiThirdy (@iPhoneXngTB) August 8, 2018 Scottie Thompson is one of the best two-way player right now. #BuoAngTiwalaGINEBRA — Apo Jukay (@sw33ttoothlover) August 8, 2018
Here are more tweets about the game tonight:
Congrats Ginebra! - Curated tweets by RapplerSports
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Kaye Cabal leads Rappler’s Digital Communications team and has been with Rappler since 2014. Her interest in and dedication to social media grew deeper with her love and passion for Philippine sports. She is a BS Development Communication graduate of UP Los Baños.