The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for a best-of-seven championship round match against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok. Game 3 is at 6:30 P.M. on May 5, 2019 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
- San Miguel (SMB) vs Magnolia Game 7
- San Miguel (SMB) vs Magnolia Game 6
- San Miguel (SMB) vs Magnolia Game 5
- San Miguel (SMB) vs Magnolia Game 4
- San Miguel (SMB) vs Magnolia Game 2
- San Miguel (SMB) vs Magnolia Game 1
The Hotshots will try to avoid another defeat similar to last year’s Philippine Cup Finals while the Beermen wanted another demolition game and take the series advantage when the championship round resumes tonight at the Big Dome.
One of the data that coaches uses to analyze the outcome of the game is how much score their opponent is able to register at the end of the game.
That’s most likely the statistics which Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero is holding against the Beermen. He wanted his troops to keep SMB below 100 points to keep their winning chances better.
“They controlled the tempo of the game. Like I said, if we allow them to score more than 100 points, most likely we’ll lose. We just couldn’t dictate things in terms of defense,” said Victolero.
That was their demise in Game Two where San Miguel able to surpassed the century mark with 108 points.
Unlike in Game One where the offense of SMB is focused on June Mar Fajardo, in the second game it was spread to multiple SMB players to deliver the score for their squad.
Seven players of coach Leo Austria scored at least 13 points.
“We’re able to set up our plays tonight and not concentrate too much on June Mar. Our scoring was evenly divided. In fact, seven scored in double figures,” said Austria.
Now that the series is back to square one and reduced to best-of-five, coach Austria expects that the match won’t be easy.
“This will become an interesting game because it boils down to a best-of-five. But it’s not easy because we know Magnolia will come back hard,” said Austria.