Going ahead

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing a determined enemy in battle where where neither side is willing to budge an inch, San Miguel looks to swing the pendulum to its favor when the Beermen and the Magnolia Hotshots break their PBA Philippine Cup Finals series stalemate on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Coach Leo Austria made it clear on Wednesday that his squad wants to end the battle before Monday’s midterm elections, but the Beermen coach knows that won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Of course you can no longer tie it this time around,” he said in Filipino. “One team will take the lead. And it’s likely going to be us.”Santos added that there was tangible resolve in each of his teammates during the postgame huddle in dugout: “We’re all eager to get that lead. We’ve never done it this series, I hope we could in Game 5.”The race-to-four has been in a seesaw pace so far. San Miguel, the four-time champions, absorbed a 99-94 loss in the opener and then bounced back with a collective performance in the next meeting. Magnolia took Game by 3 playing their signature stingy defense before the Beermen clapped back with a dominating show by their cornerstone, June Mar Fajardo.The 6-foot-10 behemoth scored 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds on a night that also served as his coronation as Best Player of the Conference.“We just did the best we could. Especially June Mar,” Santos said.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re hoping to finish [the series] if we’re fortunate,” he told reporters after scoring a dominant 114-98 win in Game 4 that tied the series at 2-2. “But you never what will happen in the next two games.”“We all know Magnolia is a tough team to beat and they won’t go down quietly because they know that there’s an opportunity out there for them,” he added. “This, after all, is the all-Filipino—the most prestigious conference of the season. We know they’ll work really, really hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s going to be exciting,” Austria said.San Miguel veteran Arwind Santos was a little bolder. MOST READ Fancied red lions shoot for second straight win Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img

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