The Beermen moved on the verge of extending their Philippine Cup reign when Santos made up for missing an open jumper with a key defensive play on Aldrech Ramos that led to a turnover before knocking down two free throws to secure an 84-80 win and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
“Gusto na namin mag-celebrate ng Friday,” Santos declared after Wednesday’s match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Gusto na naming magpuyat. Ang tagal na naming di nakakatikim ng alcohol.”
Santos’ comments could either work in San Miguel’s favor or make Magnolia even more determined to keep its fading title hopes alive.
But San Miguel has been a confident bunch ever since it recovered from a stunning 105-103 loss in Game 1, winning the next two games by an average margin of 19.5 points (92-77 in Game 2 and 111-87 in Game 3).
San Miguel showed championship poise in Game 4 when Magnolia made it close all throughout before weathering a late meltdown in the final two minutes.