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The Alaska Aces are coming off with two consecutive wins against the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA Fiesta Conference Finals. [firstpara]

Needless to say, the more experienced milkmen is enjoying a high morale as of late.

While last night's ballgame justified their means, the San Miguel Beerman never had it easy. Despire their deep rotation that includes Gabe Freeman, Joseph Yeo, Jay Washington, Dondon Hontiveros, Alex Cabagnot, and MVP candidate Arwind Santos, they seem to have a difficult time finding their momentum.

With at least three games down the road, Alaska is looking to nab their much-sought title with help from potential Mythical Five inductees Sonny Thoss, Joe Devance, and LA Tenorio.

That is, if Coach Siot Tanquingcen and the Beermen would allow it. Game 4 will culminate this weekend, with the rest of the series taking place next week, if deemed necessary.

(Check out Sports Insider’s in-depth analysis of the Alaska-San Miguel match-up.)

In line with this exciting battle, an FHM analysis en route to this weekend's Game 4.

GABE FREEMAN HAS TO STAY AWAY FROM FOUL TROUBLE
The celebrated import gives the whole San Miguel squad the energy they need to keep up with the revitalized Aces. His recent foul troubles however, trouble his presence on court.

Freeman, who snagged an underperforming 13 points in the game, compiled his third foul of the game as early as the 4:57 of the very first quarter in Game 2 of the PBA Finals.

THE BEERMEN MUST FEED OFF SONNY THOSS’ ABSENCE
With the 6’9” center out on a knee injury, forwards Joe Devance (14 points, 5 rebounds) and budding import Diamon Simpson (29 points, 17 rebounds) carried the big man’s load during Game 2.

What’s supposed to be an advantage down low turned out for the worst, with Jay Washington the only SMB big man to finish with a decent output at the post.

Next: Diamond Simpson, Alaska's freethrow advantage, and turning a blind eye to the Beermen's track record


WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO

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