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first_imgMarcio Lassiter fired 23 and Alex Cabagnot 19 for San Miguel, which got all of Chris Ross’ 11 points in the breakaway second period.“Of course we will go for it (series-clinching win in Game 5), because we would need to get all the rest we can (for the Finals),” Austria said.Japeth Aguilar scored 31 and LA Tenorio 20 for the Gin Kings.In the other Final Four series set 7 p.m. on Friday also at MoA Arena, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero sees Game 4 of their duel against NLEX as a do-or-die match for the Road Warriors.“For sure, they (Road Warriors) will come out hard, so we should be ready,” said Victolero, whose team has won the last two games of the series but will continue to Marc Pingris—out for the rest of the season because of an ACL tear.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES “We must sustain our intensity and aggressiveness,” said Victolero, also aiming for a first-ever title series appearance as a coach.SAN MIGUEL 102—Lassiter 23, Cabagnot 19, Santos 16, Fajardo 14, Ganuelas-Rosser 12, Ross 11, Espinas 4, Pessumal 3, Lanete 0, De Ocampo 0, Heruela 0, Agovida 0, Vigil 0, Mamaril 0.GINEBRA 81—J. Aguilar 31, Tenorio 20, Cruz 9, Mercado 5, Caguioa 3, Caperal 3, Ferrer 3, Mariano 2, Manuel 2, Devance 2, Thompson 1, R. Aguilar 0.Quarters: 32-22, 58-41, 84-58, 102-81Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vargas and the POC Executive Board Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LA Tenorio of Ginebra beats the defense of San Miguel Beer’s Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos for a layup. San Miguel won to lead the series, 3-1. —Sherwin VardeleonThe game wasn’t even close and suddenly, the best-of-seven Final Four pairing, too, in the PBA Philippine Cup.Embarrassed the last time out, San Miguel Beer on Thursday night ran roughshod over Barangay Ginebra with a 102-81 mangling of the Gin Kings at Mall of Asia Arena, giving the history-seeking Beermen triple match point for a title series berth in the season’s most prestigious conference.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Six players scored in twin digits and so in control was San Miguel that reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo didn’t need to score in the final two periods to go 3-1 up and earn a shot at an unprecedented fourth straight title starting with Game 5 this Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.“Anything is still possible. We cannot relax,” said coach Leo Austria, who celebrated his 60th birthday in style, when asked if the series is already in the bag.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We lost a 3-1 lead to Ginebra while I was still a player at (defunct) Shell.”Though only four out of 51 teams which have trailed by such a margin have gone on to reverse the series, one of those teams that bungled a 3-1 lead was a San Miguel franchise—then carrying the name Petron—in the 2012 Philippine Cup semifinals opposite Talk ‘N Text. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more