Beermen go for kill; Bolts eye 3-1 lead

Olmin Leyba - The Philippine Star
Beermen go for kill; Bolts eye 3-1 lead
Terrence Romeo.
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MANILA, Philippines —  If the San Miguel Beermen could have their way, it’s time to send Rain or Shine to the gallows.

But knowing coach Yeng Guiao and his gritty crew, there’s no way the Elasto Painters are capitulating.

“At 0-3, all you can think about is trying to get one win and avoid a sweep,” Guiao said ahead of their life-or-death Game 4 assignment in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals tonight at the MOA Arena.

The Beermen got on the cusp of a sweep of the best-of-seven series with a 117-107 road victory Wednesday in Dasmariñas City.

History is on SMB’s side. Per PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, 16 of the previous 17 teams with a 3-0 edge in a race-to-four went on to win, including eight via sweep.

To become the latest to achieve this, the Beermen must be at their sharpest and most aggressive.

The protagonists enter the 7:30 p.m. match with the post-Game 3 rift between Guiao and SMB guard Terrence Romeo still fresh. Feeling disrespected, Guiao lashed out at Romeo after the latter fired a converted triple in the dying seconds.

“Basic respect,” said Guiao. “Wala naman tayong quotient sa semis, eh. Hindi naman bagong player si Terrence. Alam niya iyon.”

Meanwhile, Meralco seeks to make it three in a row against Ginebra at 4:30 p.m. and move a win away from the finals.

After dropping the opener, the Bolts got back at the Gin Kings, 103-91 and 87-80, to take the upperhand.

“We can’t have a letdown. We know that they’re capable but we’re capable too,” said Meralco tactician Luigi Trillo.

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