Defense failed Global vs. SMB says Anthony
Paul Lintag on Jan 24, 2018 10:25 PM
Against the high-powered San Miguel offense, Global's brick wall fell apart in the most inconvenient time, allowing the Beermen to zoom to a fifth straight win in the All-Filipino.
Globalport's calling card this season has been its defense, which is a little weird considering the team has a ton of scorers.
You'd think that they would just prefer to outgun their opponents.
But that's now the case, in their two wins so far this season, the Batang Pier held opponents to below 80 points. It was stifling defense.
It was certainly effective as well.
However, against the high-powered San Miguel offense, Global's brick wall fell apart in the most inconvenient time, allowing the Beermen to zoom to a fifth straight win in the All-Filipino.
"They went on an 18-0 run and we just didn’t play defense. Defense got us the last two wins," forward Sean Anthony said.
"Props to Brian Heruela and June Mar because they just took over and we couldn’t stop them so it’s back to the drawing board on the defensive end because you can’t let, what, the last 6 minutes [and they] scored 18 points is crazy," he added.
With a little over six minutes to go Wednesday, the Batang Pier were up by three, 83-80.
However, the Beermen came back with a 21-2 run, at one point scoring 18 straight, to take over the game.
The game was practically over and there was still a good 90 seconds left on the clock. The Batang Pier ultimately gave up 107 points, 33 in the fourth quarter alone.
Now it's back to the drawing board for Global.
"What got us the last two wins was ball movement and defense and that didn’t happen tonight," Anthony said.
"We got to go back on our basics and lock up on defense and move the ball to the open guy and play as a team. We’ll look at the tape and we’ll get back to that," he added.
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