The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for a best-of-five semi-finals Game 4 against the Alaska Aces at 6:30 P.M. on July 22, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces are looking to even their series at 2-2 now that they have gained momentum in Game 3 but the Beermen’s eagerness to get back to the Finals might spoil their series comeback.
As what coach Leo Austria has predicted prior to the start of their Game 3 showdown against the Aces, the one-day break that they got will be both an advantage and disadvantage.
Luckily for Alaska, that extra day-off favored for them as it gave his team an ample time to rest especially their game is dependent on their full-court press which requires more running.
Likewise, Aces’ import Diamon Simpson got more time to heal his injury he got at the later stages of Game 2.
For San Miguel side, according to their coach, Beermen players came to the arena and lacks energy. Energy needed to dispose their opponent and be back to PBA’s biggest stage.
“We still have the advantage with the 2-1 lead, but I hope we come out in the next game full of energy. For sure, Alaska will still fight all out, and we have to play the same,” said Austria.
Vic Manuel who was battling a fever in that previous game found his shooting touches and logged once again 20+ scoring performance. Manuel got 24 points and six rebounds while Simpson had 21 markers and 13 boards.
In the absence of Chris Banchero, majority of the Aces guards took over the slack and they were sharp from beyond the three-point area.
“I thought everybody contributed at a time when we’re obviously down. And in basketball, making shots matters. We made some. It’s kind of like it’s our day. We made a bunch of shots and we made bounces going our way,” said Compton. “I hope we have more.”
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