Recharged and refreshed by a six-day break, the Beermen and the Hotshots finally return into action, resuming their PBA Philippine Cup title playoff in a keenly awaited Easter duel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Splitting the first two games, the two teams break the standoff in Game Three where emotions could still be high after a number of flagrant and technical infractions given and taken in Games One and Two.
Game Three is set at 6:30 p.m.
“Dahil sa determinasyon manalo, parehong ready na makipag-away,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria on what he observed especially towards the end of Game Two.
Two protagonists, however, could be more focused now on the task at hand.
“They remain the heavy favorites, and what’s required of us is consistency throughout the game on what we need to do,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
With the breather, Victolero is hopeful they have a brighter chance of pulling an upset.
“Pagod na pagod na ang team from our almost daily grind from the quarterfinals. Buti naka isa kami at nakapahinga, malaking bagay sa amin yon,” said Victolero.
For Arwind Santos and his teammates, it’s about asserting themselves as the defending champs.