The San Miguel Beermen beat the Alaska Aces 110-104 in game four of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) finals on Sunday.
San Miguel rallied from an 11-point deficit with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter, mounting a slow and steady 16-2 run to lead 98-95 with just seconds remaining.
However, Alaska’s Cyrus Baguio buried a clutch thee-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 98 points a piece and force overtime.
Vic Manuel scored 4 straight points to open the extra session in Alaska’s favour.
Thereafter it was all San Miguel as they went on a 9-0 counter-rally to seal the victory.
Marcio Lassiter was impressive off the bench and he led the Beermen as he scored 26 points.
San Miguel now trail the Alaska outfit 3-1 in the series and will have their sights set on creating history. Should they win the series, they would be first team to have overcome a 0-3 deficit.
“This is what we are waiting for, to get a lot of breaks in the endgame,” said head coach Leo Austria.
“I told them in the last 3 games we didn’t have good breaks.
“I have to give credit to all the players, they accepted the challenged. Ayaw nilang ma-walis nitong Alaska. I think they gave us some space to breathe, and I think next game we’ll focus again.
“You can never know what will happen. I told them before the game, a miracle is just around the corner.”