Phoenix Pulse has made sure its PBA Philippine Cup semi-finals duel with San Miguel Beer would get to at least a Game 5.
But coach Louie Alas is already looking beyond that, maintaining the tons of experience his team absorbs in its first Final Four stint should serve it in good stead for future wars.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, ‘Iyung panalo na makukuha natin dito, big bonus iyan, not for this series (alone),'” related Alas. “‘Kasi every single win na makukuha natin dala-dala natin experience for the future, for the next conferences.”
Of course, it would be better if more useful lessons could be had by the Fuel Masters and they intend to do just that when they square off with the Beermen anew in Game 4 of the best-of-seven matchup Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Phoenix’s hard-earned 92-90 win last Easter Sunday whittled its series deficit to 1-2 and the resulting momentum shift should prop it in its bid for a fitting follow up that will turn the tussle into a best-of-three affair.