San Miguel def Rain or Shine, 117-107 [SF Game 3 | PBA S48 PH Cup | May 22, 2024]

San Miguel is poised to take a significant step towards the PBA Philippine Cup finals as they face off against Rain or Shine in the resumption of their semifinals clash.

The Beermen are determined to extend their lead to 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, but they must not underestimate the relentless Elasto Painters, who are eager to extend the series.

Based on historical statistics provided by league chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, the odds are in favor of San Miguel, as 46 out of 55 teams that have taken a 2-0 lead have gone on to win the series.

Rain or Shine will need to make significant adjustments, particularly in taking care of the ball, as their turnovers in Game 2 proved costly.

Star center June Mar Fajardo continues to be a dominant force for the Beermen, averaging impressive numbers in points, rebounds, and assists. Rain or Shine must find a way to contain Fajardo while also limiting the scoring opportunities of other key players like CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, Terrence Romeo, Jericho Cruz, Don Trollano, and Chris Ross.

Improving their three-point shooting and minimizing turnovers will be key for Rain or Shine in their quest to secure a victory over San Miguel. Players like Gian Mamuyac and Beau Belga have been consistent performers, but others like Anton Asistio and Adrian Nocum need to step up their game. The Elasto Painters must also find ways to counter San Miguel’s strategies, particularly in limiting fastbreak opportunities.

Overall, Rain or Shine needs to refine their game plan and execute efficiently to challenge the Beermen and avoid falling into a deeper series deficit.

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