That best demonstrated the energy and intensity the San Miguel Beermen brought in from a six-day breather.
And it came aplenty as the Beermen walloped the Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots, 111-87, in their Easter showdown for the crucial 2-1 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven championship series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen started strong and finished even stronger to make it two in a row in the series following a 92-77 victory in Game Two a week ago over at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
They will be out to move in the threshold of an all-Filipino four-peat in Game Four at the Big Dome Wednesday.
Like in the previous game, San Miguel was a dominant side in Game Three, eventually putting Magnolia away at 92-71 on a lethal 15-0 run in the fourth quarter.
Brian Heruela, Gabby Espinas and Matt Ganuelas Rosser had a big hand in their killer fourth-quarter romp.
“I think the one-week break worked on our favor. The key was that we’re able to match their energy. Actually, lagpas-lagpas pa,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.