FOUR COACHES: NO HOLDS BARRED IN GAME 5
MANILA, FEBRUARY 2, 2007 (STAR) By Nelson Beltran - Chot Reyes and his Beermen started it all. Yeng Guiao and his Bulls took the challenge. Now even Jong Uichico and his Kings are ready to rumble.
All of them have braced up for total war going to the all-crucial Game Five of the Talk n Text PBA Philippine Cup Final Four at the Araneta Coliseum today.
Red Bull and San Miguel slug it out at 4:35 p.m. while Barangay Ginebra and Talk n Text square off at 7:30 p.m. each one looking to gain the pivotal three-game-to-two lead in the best-of-seven series.
"Itís crucial we avoided falling in a 1-3 hole. Now that the series is tied, weíre ready to rumble Friday," said Uichico, unusually fiery in the post-game interview Wednesday.
In his usual all-out rhetoric, Guiao, meanwhile, spoke about showing their manhood through tough efforts on the court in answer to Reyesí preparing his boys for hell.
"I donít think itís about physicality. For us, itís about our manhood. Pinatunayan namin ang pagkalalaki namin for winning a game using our effort and playing as hard as we can, not as an Ildefonso or an Adducul na nakikipag-angasan," said Guiao.
The two teams figured in numerous near fights in Game Three with Reyes urging his boys to put up a stance against the Bullsí physical game.
Guiao has become all the more confident they can make it to the finals following their 109-107 squeaker Wednesday. But he himself admits it would be tough.
"I think the way we won (Game Four) is the same way weíre going to win the series. Itís gonna be hard," said Guiao.
The Bulls stole Game Four to force a two-game standoff with the Kings as Mick Pennisi banged away a three-pointer then Junthy Valenzuela blocked a shot by Dondon Hontiveros in the last seven seconds of play.
"We felt Game Four could be the turning point of the series. That could be a good stepping stone towards building up our determination again for the next game," said Guiao.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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