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    Final face-off: SMB, Magnolia battle for all the marbles in Philippine Cup

    May 15, 2019

    SAN Miguel and Magnolia battle one last time in the PBA Philippine Cup finals in Game Seven Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The Beermen and the Hotshots going for all the marbles starting at 7 p.m.

    It has been a tight series with no team winning back-to-back. Four of the six games of the finals series were won by only single digit, including Game Five in which Mark Barroca converted a buzzer-beating jumper to win the game.

    San Miguel coach Leo Austria hopes to break the trend as the Beermen gun for a fifth straight championship.

    “Now we have a good chance to grab it again,” said Austria after winning Game Six, 98-86. “Kung titignan mo ‘yung serye, panalo, talo, panalo, talo. This Game Seven, I hope na maka-dalawa kami sa kanila. It's never happened sa series na 'to on both sides.

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      San Miguel is already experienced in Game Sevens with two of their four consecutive Philippine Cup finals going in seven games including the completion of the ‘Beeracle’ in 2016.

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      “But it is a lot of hard work to do dahil alam naman natin ang Magnolia,” warned Austria. “Sanay sila sa this kind of hard game like this because they are trained to pressure, to hustle, everything. They have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.”

      Magnolia coach Chito Victolero remains positive about the chances of the Hotshots.

      “It boils down to one game,” said Victolero. “Do-or-die game on Wednesday. We’re still positive. Alam naman namin na hindi magiging madali. Good thing is we have another opportunity. It’s going to be a different story next game although hindi natin alam kung anong mangyayari.”

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