MIKE Harris remains confident about the chances of Alaska to force a Game Seven with the Aces only one defeat away from losing the PBA Governors’ Cup finals series.
Harris said the Aces are determined to move the series into a rubber match, although he believes that the Hotshots will also treat Game Six on Wednesday as a do-or-die battle at the Ynares Center.
“It’s a one-game series for us just like it is for them,” said Harris. “We are not looking forward to Game Seven. Game Six is a do-or-die for both teams. I’m pretty sure they don’t want to go to Game Seven. For us, we want to go to Game Seven.”
“Every game is a do-or-die. I mean, we treat every game like a do-or-die situation,” said Harris.
Harris had a big game in Game Five, finishing with 28 points and 20 rebounds but the Aces wound up dropping a 79-78 loss after a game-winner by Magnolia star Paul Lee.
Harris is unperturbed even with the Aces on the verge of elimination.
“The good thing is we got another one on Wednesday. We can clear our head. But it’s always a tough pill to swallow when you lose one. So close. That one just came down to both teams, hungry, fighting for it. It was a great game. That’s the games you want to play in,” said Harris.
Despite losing by just one point, the Best Import of the conference winner rued their poor first half play that allowed Magnolia to set the tone of Game Five.
Harris also hopes they have learned their lesson following that thrilling final minute of the match wherein both teams took turns in taking the lead in the end game.
“I think they came out and hit us in the first half and then we hit them in the second half. So we can’t come out that relaxed. We’ve got to be more aggressive on Paul Lee,” said Harris.
“For us, we’ve got to grow on that final minute stretch right there. Both teams were fighting and scrappy. We made a couple of mistakes,” he added.