The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for a best-of-seven championship round match against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok. Game 4 is at 7:00 P.M. on May 8, 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 3
- San Miguel (SMB) vs Magnolia Game 2
- San Miguel (SMB) vs Magnolia Game 1
The Beermen are confident that they can make a bounce back and tie the series to 2-2 while the Hotshots will continue to execute their choking defense and take a commanding 3-1 advantage when the All-Filipino championship round resumes tonight at the Big Dome.
The defending champs led by their team captain and their five-time MVP made a bold statement in order for them to stop the raging Pambansang Manok.
“We’re going to tie this series and take Game Four. Then it will be down to a best-of-three affair,” said forward Arwind Santos.
“Positive kami, kaya namin gawin ‘yan na 2-2,” said center June Mar Fajardo.
A woeful perimeter shooting and unable to grab rebounds puts coach Leo Austria and his squad to another unfamiliar territory most especially in the Philippine Cup where they dominated in their past four trips.
“They clogged our big men in the post, every entry pass was contested and we’re not able to shoot from the perimeter,” said Austria.
The Beermen shoots only 32% from the field and got out-rebounded by their opponent, 46-71.
Still there’s good news for San Miguel. Despite having their shooters an off-night and their big-men unable to control the boards, they just lost by four points.
For Magnolia on the other hand, their captain Rafi Reavis is looking forward to continue to showcase their true strenght which is defense.
“For as long as we stay in what we do best, just understanding who we are and what we’re good at – defense; as long as we stick with our roots, we’ll be fine,” said Reavis.