MAGNOLIA looks to follow San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup finals as it tries to finish off Rain or Shine in Game Six of their semifinals series Friday night.
The Hotshots have suddenly turned around the best-of-seven affair by winning three games in a row and moving on the verge of clinching a second straight stint in the All-Filipino finals.
One more victory in the 7 p.m. match at the Ynares Center in Antipolo will have the Hotshots arranging a title rematch against defending champion San Miguel, which clinched the first finals berth Thursday by disposing Phoenix Fuel Masters.
Chito Victolero, who piloted Magnolia to the Governors Cup championship last conference, is not about to take chances against a Rain or Shine team, which he said is very much capable of bouncing back.
“We don’t have any reason para magsaya o maging kampante kasi we know Rain or Shine has the tendency na makabalik pa,” he said.
“This is not yet over. We need four wins to win the series, and we’re only up one win and one game, So kailangan lang namin huiwag mag-relax and find ways on how to execute again,” the champion coach added.
Once up 2-0 in the series, the Elasto Painters now find their backs against the wall and needed to sweep the last two games of the series and earn their first finals berth since the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.
Despite struggling with their shooting in an 82-74 loss the last time, the team still likes its chances.
Veteran big man Beau Belga said the task at hand is doable, reminding everyone Rain or Shine won the first two games of the series earlier.
“Hindi pa naman tapos ito,” he said. “Kaya naman, nasa sarili na lang naming kung hanggang saan.Naghirap kaming umabot dito, pangit naman kung bibitaw pa kami.”
Game 7 if necessary, will be on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.