The Sizzlers were down by 13 points, 61-74 in the third quarter, Purefoods coach Ely Capacio fielded in only seven players which resulted to early foul troubles of his first five, Sonny Cabatu shackled Alvin Patrimonio, limiting him to only 15 points, Diet Sarsi grabbed the lead, 105-103 on a triple by Ricric Marata, Jack Tanuan scored on a difficult baseline drive in the closing seconds, and Al Solis sank two free throws to squeeze out the win.
Diet Sarsi took the first quarter at 26-22, but the Hotdogs came through with a 20-3 blast in the second period to open a 42-29 advantage, Andy De Guzman, who's been the Sizzlers' top gunner for the second straight game, scored on a buzzer-beating triple to close the gap, 46-53 at halftime, Purefoods scored 11 straight points at the start of the third period to posted an 18-point lead, 64-46, the Sizzlers again rallied to take the upperhand, 68-67 and were up by three points entering the fourth quarter, Alvin Patrimonio, staying out of foul trouble, reasserted his might and put on a one-man show as the hotdogs pull away, 88-76 on a 10-0 run.
Jack Tanuan and Al Solis once again played big in the crucial stretches, Tanuan scored with their shotclock winding down, giving the Sizzlers a 105-101 edge, from the game's last deadlock at 100-all, Al Solis drive through the hoop for a 107-103 lead for Diet Sarsi with less than a minute left.
Purefoods raced to a 14-point lead, 80-66 in the third quarter, the Sizzlers threatened to within four points, twice in the fourth period, the last at 84-88, the hotdogs countered with eight unanswered points to put the game out of reach, 96-84.
Diet Sarsi took control of the first two quarters, leads by as much nine at 32-23, early in the second period, the championship pressure began to hit the Sizzlers in the fourth quarter, as the team missed seven of their free throws, the hotdogs went up, 99-91, but five straight points put the Sizzlers to within, 96-99 going into the last two minutes, Glen Capacio converted on a jumper for a 101-96 count, on the next play, Jack Tanuan misses at close range in a very crucial play, with the score 102-98 for the hotdogs with 51 seconds remaining, Sizzlers' possession, Dindo Pumaren stole the ball from Al Solis, giving Purefoods a six-point cushion on two free throws, 104-98, 33 seconds left.