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Chris Banchero of Alaska. PBA Media Bureau

The Alaska Aces target to march on to the championship round as they seek to finish off the Meralco Bolts in Game Four of their best-of-five Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series on Monday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

Alaska, currently up 2-1 in the series, is looking to notch back-to-back wins to set up a date with Rain or Shine in the finals.

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Leo Austria. PBA Media Bureau

The San Miguel Beermen came into the 2016 Oppo PBA Comissioner’s Cup with Grand Slam aspirations.

They had to kiss those hopes goodbye following their 124-99 setback at the hands of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game Four of their best-of-five semifinals series on Sunday.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria rued coming so far in these playoffs and falling short at this juncture.

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Vengeful Henderson-Niles wants to win PBA title for Chism (May 02, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Rain or Shine import Pierre Henderson-Niles goes for a reverse against San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo in Game 4 of their semifinals series on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

In Pierre Henderson-Niles’ mind, there’s nothing that can stop him from helping Rain or Shine snare the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.

“I can’t be stopped,” said Henderson-Niles after notching a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds to help his team boot out San Miguel Beer in Game 4 of their semifinals series with a 124-99 rout on Sunday. “Each game, I’m going to get better, getting in shape. Once I get in shape, nobody’s going to stop me in the post.”

And with the Elasto Painters formally in the championship round, the former Memphis Tiger is hellbent on taking the title for his team.

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San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo attempts a one-hander against Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga during Game 4 of their semifinals series on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

June Mar Fajardo knows that in the end, one team can’t win everything.

“Ganun talaga. Gusto rin nila manalo,” the two-time MVP Fajardo said after San Miguel bowed out of the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup following a blowout loss to Rain or Shine on Sunday. “Gusto namin manalo pero ganun talaga, talo eh. Di mo naman maipapanalo lahat.”

With Arizona Reid back in tow for Game 4, the Beermen were determined to attempt another “beer-acle.”

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Reid vows to be ready for Governors' Cup (May 02, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Arizona Reid scored 25 points for San Miguel. Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Arizona Reid's return to the San Miguel Beermen proved to be a brief one as they were eliminated by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 4 of their 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup semi-finals series on Sunday.

Reid arrived in Manila only on Saturday, as a replacement for SMB's original import, Tyler Wilkerson. The former Best Import winner was clearly not his usual dominant self, short-arming his jumpers and hitting front iron on his triples.

He still wound up with 25 points and 17 rebounds, but made only 12 of his 31 field goal attempts.

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Pierre Henderson-Niles. PBA Media Bureau

Pierre Henderson-Niles may not have been Rain or Shine’s first choice import but the burly reinforcement just might be the one destined to win a championship for the Elasto Painters.

Henderson-Niles – Rain or Shine’s fourth import in the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup – helped his team hurdle Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and its 7-foot-tall center Greg Slaughter in the quarterfinals before battling with reigning back-to-back PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo as Rain or Shine knocked out the San Miguel Beermen, 3-1, in the semifinals.

Now that they’re through to the Finals, Henderson-Niles’ confidence is skyrocketing.

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Painters’ Paul Lee regains old form at right time (May 02, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

What a time for Paul Lee to perform at his best.

Bucking injury woes that haunted him this season, Lee showed the way, pouring 10 of his 18 points in the pivotal second period to help Rain or Shine pull away for a 124-99 rout over San Miguel to advance to the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.

“Happy,” the Gilas Pilipinas star said. “Buwenas kasi akalain mo na dito pa lumabas yung best game ko. Happy lang na ganun yung nilaro ko. Pero hindi lang naman ako eh. Buong team, talagang binuhos lahat para manalo.”

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