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How the Bolts can stay alive against the Aces

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Aces have the Bolts on the brink of elimination (2:59)

The Meralco Bolts are once again facing elimination as the Alaska Aces look to close things out Saturday. (2:59)

The Meralco Bolts had three chances to tie or win Game 3 in the final seconds and missed. Now the Alaska Aces are looking to close the series out on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The Aces have a 2-1 lead in the series following Thursday's 104-102 win.

To hear Alaska coach Alex Compton talk though, the series is far from over.

"From what I see from both teams, they don't stop," Compton said. "Those guys played hard. They are tough. They are disciplined and they are clearly so well-coached."

The Aces will need to match the Bolts' energy on the defensive end.

Mike Harris had 31 points and 24 rebounds in Game 3 and will again be at the forefront of Alaska's championship bid.

The Aces are vying for their first finals appearance since losing to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the 2016 Commissioner's Cup finals.

Meralco has survived six elimination games this conference.

Compton said the series of critical games strengthened the Bolts' character.

The Bolts have reached the Governors' Cup finals the last two seasons, losing each time to the Barangay Ginebra Kings.

But this season, the Governors' Cup will be crowning a new champion after Magnolia eliminated Ginebra Friday night.