WATCH: Phoenix vs San Miguel Full Game [SF Game 3 | April 21, 2019]

The five-day break the PBA took in observance of the Holy Week has been used by San Miguel Beer and Phoenix Pulse to recharge for their Philippine Cup semifinals duel.

There has also been a lot of reflection thrown in during the respite, one of the musts for the Fuel Masters who are trying to avoid falling into the deepest of holes when the duel resumes Easter Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

After taking the best-of-seven series’ first two games, the defending champion Beermen aim to pad their lead to 3-0, one which only they have ever dug themselves out of in the league’s first 43 years.

For sure, not if Phoenix could help it.

Even a couple of SMB’s key men expect a much tougher stance from Phoenix this time around.

“It’s practically a do-or-die game for them,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria following his team’s 92-82 win last Monday that followed up its 100-88 victory in the opener.

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