UNLESS Alaska finds a solution to the puzzling Purefoods defense, the Giants are headed for a sweep in their KFC PBA Philippine Cup finals series.
Up 3-0 in the best-of-seven championship showdown, the Giants can finish off the Aces with a victory in Game 4 Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Purefoods displayed anew its tenacious defense in Game 3 Sunday, especially in the second half, to erase an early deficit and go on to win in a pulsating contest before some 14,000 fans at the Big Dome.
When Alaska point guard Willie Miller completely miss the hop off a bank shot in the game's final play, the Giants celebrated yet another win and put themselves on a solid position to close out the series on Thursday night.
The Purefoods defense held the high-scoring Alaska team to only 78 points this time. In the first two games of the series, the Aces could score an average of 81 points per outing against the Giants.
James Yap led the Giants in scoring for the third straight game, scoring 14 points. Peter Jun Simon added 12 and KG Canaleta had eight on three big shots -- an emphatic baseline dunk and two three-pointers.
Miller led Alaska with 20, but he failed to bail his team out after that sorry miss in the end game which could have given them the victory.
With the recent loss, Alaska now faces a daunting task of winning four straight games if it wants to win the crown, something no team in the league's 35-year history has done so in a best-of-seven battle. (CRAM)