The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a best-of-seven semi-finals series against the NLEX Road Warriors at 6:30 P.M. on March 18, 2018 live from the Ynares Center-Antipolo.
The series is now tied at 2-2 and the Best-of-Seven series is now reduced to only Best-of-Three. The Road Warriors and the Hotshots semi-finals series has rebooted and taking Game 5 will set its momentum.
One of the popular tricks of coach Yeng Guiao to keep its opponent wondering is to have a surprise first-five lineup. In Game 4, the seven-time PBA head coach champion puts in seldom used Asi Taulava and Jansen Rios to his starting unit. As a result, coach Chito Victolero’s defensive strategies probably got messed up and NLEX took advantage by having the luxury of open jumpers.
“Paminsan-minsan kami naman susuwertihin,” said Guiao. “There’s a bit of luck on our side. Our shots went in today, unlike in Game 3. Siguro pana-panahon lang din. Credit din to our defense. Maganda idinepensa namin today. I’m hoping we can keep it up for the rest of the series.”
Kiefer Ravena who struggled in their last two games which their team absorbed back-to-back losses scored 20 points. Eleven of those came in the fourth quarter as the Road Warriors making sure they have the needed distance to secure the victory.
Similarly, Kevin Alas also had his bounce back game in Game number four and delivered 13 points, six rebounds and five assists. The former Letran Knights star believes that their previous losses was a wake up call for them.
“Magandang wake-up call sa amin yung back-to-back losses namin,” said Alas. “I have to admit mas experienced sa amin yung Magnolia, pero siguro advantage namin we’re hungry na this is our first time here,” he added.
“Nag-eenjoy kami lahat e. I think that’s an advantage for us.”
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