Inasmuch as Magnolia Pambansang Manok had wanted to gain the pivotal 3-1 series lead, the Hotshots are comfortable in their current situation, accepting the fact that they’re the series underdogs.
“In the first place, all we want is a chance. If there’s a chance in the end, we’ll try to grab it,” said Magnolia ace guard Paul Lee ahead of Game Five of the PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven championship series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.
They still like their chance even as the race-to-four-games series has turned to a war of attrition.
It has come down to a virtual best-of-three, and the two teams are expected to pour it all out in a bid to claim the 3-2 lead.
Game time is at 7 p.m.
But it is still seen as a defense-versus-offense battle.
The Beermen took their turn to impose themselves in Game Four, largely behind the dominant performance of June Mar Fajardo to pull off a series-tying 114-98 victory.