With a 3-4 record, San Miguel's journey to the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs will not be a cakewalk.
In an ideal scenario for the team, they would need to target between the third and sixth seed, where they duke it out in a best-of three, said Arwind Santos. To do that, they must win at least three games to at least clinch the spots.
For high-scoring import Renaldo Balkman, they need to win, and the time is now. Well not now really. It will be on Saturday against the top-seeded TNT KaTropa back at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Challenge at hand, Balkman assures the aspirations of Santos will come to fruition, and the former New York Knick has issued a challenge for their next opponents.
"...[E]ven though I know the round robin thing is kinda crazy, we gotta play... you have to beat the team once, no twice, they gotta beat you once. But we don’t get that far. I mean, we’ll be okay going into it though. That’s my word," Balkman said after the game.
After the 98-94 loss against Globalport, the import praised his opponents after fighting and getting a much-needed win even though they lost import Malcolm White via ejection with about eight minutes left.
The Puerto Rican rued that they lost composure heading to the final buzzer, where they seemed to be the second-best team on the court following clutch plays from their opponents.
For their ideal scenario to work, Balkman still sees a ray of sunshine and has expressed confidence for their four remaining games, a first team in attaining their goals.
"Take it one game at a time. We fell short today but fortunately, we got four more left. We got another one on Saturday. We gotta come out and play a better game and with our game plan. But overall, we’re still good. Look forward to Saturday playing better."
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