SMB seeks clincher

source: By WAYLON GALVEZ |

Games Friday (Araneta Coliseum)
5 p.m. — San Miguel vs B-Meg Derby Ace
7:30 p.m. — Alaska vs Talk ‘N Text

History will be on San Miguel Beer’s side when it plays B-Meg Derby Ace this Friday, needing just one more win to clinch the first final berth in the PBA Fiesta Cup.
The Beermen are 3-1 after downing B-Meg Derby Ace, 83-75, Wednesday and in the history of the Philippine Basketball Association, 34 out of 36 teams that enjoyed such a lead in a best-of-seven series went on to win the series.

San Miguel Beer, however, is not counting on history. It’s because B-Meg Derby Ace, when it was still known as Purefoods, was one of the two teams that pulled off an incredible comeback from a similar deficit.
San Miguel coach Siot Tanquincen knows very well that closing a series is the hardest part of any series – especially against a team on a mission.

“They’re really tough, we can never relax even we’re up 3-1,” said Tanquincen whose team battles the the Llamados in Game 5 at the Araneta Coliseum at 5 p.m.

In the second game, Talk ‘N Text and Alaska, which are both tied at 2-2, break the deadlock at 7 p.m.
“As I’ve said, the only thing that we can control is how we conduct ourselves coming into the game. We cannot come in expecting this or that, thinking they are tired,” he added. “The only thing we are in control is our effort, so we have to keep that. We can’t let up in one game. I think anything is possible in basketball, you can never tell. They did it once so we can’t take anything for granted,” he added.

The Beermen have three chances to do it but it would be doubly sweet if they could do it today as they are also seeking redemption against the team that shocked them in the finals the last conference (All-Filipino)
The Llamados also fell 1-2 against Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals but won three straight games to clinch a semifinal slot.

B-Meg coach Ryan Gregorio admitted that they were “manhandled”, particularly in rebounding (61-45). In all four games, even in their Game 2 victory, San Miguel controlled the rebounding department.
Despite the injury of forward Kerby Raymundo, Gregorio still feels they can compete against the mighty SMB and turn the tide in their favor.

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