The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a best-of-seven championship series against the San Miguel Beermen at 7:00 P.M. on April 4, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots needs to win in their tonight’s game and avoid a 1-3 deficit while the Beermen wanted to continue their winning streak and control their best-of-seven series when the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup resumes this evening.
Magnolia’s head coach Chito Victolero might have the defensive plays on the reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo and on a former MVP Arwind Santos but the other shooters like Marcio Lassiter is giving him problems.
Lassiter led all scorers in Game 3 with his 24 points and showed everyone how to sink a three-pointer just like walking in the park. “Super Marcio” torched the nets with his 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point line and overall got a 47% shooting from the field.
With that performance, he will be now a sure marked man for coach Victolero.
“Sa lahat ng players ng San Miguel, siya yung pinaka consistent. And we have already discussed that with the players,” said Victolero. “Actually yung activity ni Marcio, yung mahirap, e. We need to slow him down,” he added.
Apart from Lassiter, San Miguel was able to find more help from their bench. Brian Heruela, Gabby Espinas and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser continue to prove that they deserved the amount of playing time they’ve got.
Apart from slowing down Hotshots rising star Ian Sangalang, Espinas contributed nine points. Five of those points came in the second quarter and he only needed less than two minutes to deliver those markers.
“Yun talaga ang pinakamahirap kasi minsan papawisan ka pa lang, bigla ka na ilalabas,” said Espinas. “Pero part of the job na lang siguro kasi gusto namin pare-parehas manalo.”
“As one of the veterans, siguro dapat prepared ka na sa mga ganitong laban e. Bubunutin ka ngayon tapos next game wala, kailangan talaga yung mindset mo, hindi ka man gamitin ngayon, ready ka pa rin,” he added.
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