Playoff experience big advantage for Magnolia

At least, that’s what Hotshots coach Chito Victolero believes should help tide his team over the NLEX Road Warriors when they clash anew Friday in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series at the Mall of Asia Arena.

A third straight win by Magnolia would give it a 3-1 series lead and put it on the verge of making it to the finals.

Putting it simply, NLEX wants to tie the series up, prolong the duel and ultimately gain the advantage against a Magnolia crew missing at least one key player in Marc Pingris, out for the next six to eight months due to a torn ACL.

“On Friday, it’s a must-win for us, that’s a crucial game,” said Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao following his team’s 99-106 loss in Game 3 last Wednesday that came on the heels of an 84-99 defeat just two days before.

“Every win for us, it prolongs this series. Siguro, we’ll take our chances with a long series,” added Guiao. “We fought hard, but again the breaks did not fall on our side. But we will fight harder on Friday. We know that’s a make-or-break game for us.”

That is precisely what Victolero expects. “It (Game 4) will be a dogfight kasi NLEX, iyun ‘yung game na they need to win. We just need to sustain kung ano ginagawa namin and we need to surpass the effort of NLEX.”