SMB locked in to prevent Ginebra from staging own miracle run
Paul Lintag on Mar 04, 2017 07:15 PM
Arwind Santos and the Beermen don't want a Finals meltdown a year after completing the greatest comeback in PBA history.
In a complete role reversal, two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer is now the one having a commanding lead in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
A year after falling down 0-3 to the Alaska Aces, the Beermen are now the ones in control, taking a 3-1 advantage over Brgy. Ginebra after yet another win in Game 4 Friday.
The focus for the Beermen now is holding on to that lead and winning a third straight All-Filipino title.
After all, San Miguel is the best team to ask why a 3-1 series lead is far from safe since the Beermen just happened to erase that 0-3 deficit fromn 2016 and won back-to-back titles on the strength of their incredible "Beeracle" run.
"Yun yung sina sabi nilang boomerang di ba. Wag sanang bumalik sayo yung ginawa mo," forward Arwind Santos said of their current advantage and remembering their own comeback from the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals.
"Kaya iniingatan namin na hindi mangyari yon," he added.
Reigning Finals MVP Chris Ross, the one responsible for sparking that "Beeracle" run, understands their situation perfectly and has reminded his teammates not to let up.
The priority for the champs right now is to win the whole thing as early as Game 5.
"We definitely don't think we've won the series already," Ross said.
"We can't look at it as [if] we're up. We just got to look at it as zero-zero. We got to come out like we're the ones down because we know that they're going to fight and they're going to give it their all," he added.
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