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SMB has momentum, but Aces more motivated

Alaska Aces veteran guard Cyrus Baguio (3)  drives strong to the hoop against San Miguel Beer defenders Arwind Santos (29) and Yancy De Ocampo while Alaska center Sonny Thoss looks on.
Alaska Aces veteran guard Cyrus Baguio (3) drives strong to the hoop against San Miguel Beer defenders Arwind Santos (29) and Yancy De Ocampo while Alaska center Sonny Thoss looks on.

After winning three consecutive games San Miguel Beer will have tremendous momentum but the Alaska Aces may be more motivated when they clash in the seventh and final game of the championship of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Just a week ago, the Aces were on the verge of winning their 15th overall PBA title after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the playoff. The title seems a long way off now after the Beermen redeemed themselves with three consecutive victories of their own.

The Beermen have the momentum but the Aces, who lost in the Finals of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup and the 2015 Governors Cup to the selfsame Beermen, may be the more motivated team with its players eager to redeem themselves.

“Tama na. Third time na namin nagharap. Iniisip namin na itong All-Filipino, para sa amin talaga. Hindi na pwedeng mapunta pa sa kanila. Hindi na namin pwedeng pakawalan pa,” said Alaska forward Vic Manuel who, like the rest of his teammates, want to exact revenge upon the Beermen.

Alaska Aces head coach Alex Compton admitted they’ve lost the momentum to the Beermen but insisted the Aces likewise don’t feel any pressure anymore. The Beermen are now the team expected to win and are now pressed to meet the expectations that it entails according to coach Compton.

“Now, the pressure is on them (Beermen). Because this is the team writers were all writing about that was expected to win a Grand Slam. Now the Beermen have to step up in Game Seven. I actually think that we’re gonna have some fun, but that’s just me. At least, di rin lugi PBA fans, Game Seven na naman,” said coach Compton.

The Alaska mentor acknowledged the stellar work done by counterpart Leo Austria who coaches the Beermen.

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