All-Filipino SMB survives, set to fly in AZ Reid for crucial Game 4

After surviving Game 3 without an import, the San Miguel Beermen are pulling all the stops to extend it to a do-or-die Game 5 and keep their Grand Slam bid alive. 

Marcio Lassiter bounced back from back-to-back sub-par games with 30 points while Alex Cabagnot tossed in 28 as the Beermen forced a Game 4 with a pulsating 104-98 win Thursday night at the Philsports Arena, where the Beer-acle run in last conference finals all started.

A familar face will be coming in to reinforce the Beermen in the crucial Game 4.

AZ Reid, who is set to play for the Beermen anew in the season-ending Governors’ Cup, will be back in the country sooner than expected.

Reid’s agent Sheryl Reyes told FOX Sports that the former PBA Best Import has been on stand by since Tyler Wilkerson’s locker room outburst on Tuesday night.

“He will arrive on early Saturday morning,” Reyes said.

With barely an hour before Game 3, the Beermen confirmed the earlier report of FOX Sports that they would play All-Filipino in Game 3 and have opted to sever their ties with the mercurial import following his post-game rant in Game 2.

SMB team manager Gee Abanilla said in a prepared statement that they want to “instill values, like constant hardwork, discipline on off the court and respect for others, be it coaches, players and more importantly, to the people who signed our paychecks.”

Reid, meanwhile, has led the Beermen to the Governors’ Cup title last season. By Alder Almo 

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