PBA: Balkman wants great start and great finish for San Miguel Beer
Paul Lintag on Jul 09, 2018 08:41 PM
"We got to have a great start and a great finish. That's being a championship team," --- Renaldo Balkman.
As long as San Miguel stays composed, Renaldo Balkman is not too worried about any slow starts.
That much was evident in Game 1 of the quarterfinals Monday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup as the Beermen found themselves down 23 in the first half to TNT.
The defending champs ended up winning by 11 points.
Composure, composure, composure.
"Like I told y'all before, we got to stay poised," Balkman said.
"Got to stick with the gameplan and like we did tonight, we were down 23 and we kept playing basketball, one basket at a time. With them shooting like the way they were shooting, they were knocking their shots. Eventually, theirs is gonna stop falling. What we did, we keep playing defense, kept playing quarter by quarter, minute by minute, and at the end of the game, we came out with the win," he added.
San Miguel finally tied the game late in the third quarter and took their first lead in the fourth after two Balkman free throws, 100-99.
To finish things off, the Beermen unloaded a 16-0 to win the game.
Renaldo, who is no. 2 in the Best Import race, scored 36 points, 23 in the second half.
"I told the guys that we got to play harder. One thing about it is when were playing basketball, we can't go down 20-plus in the first quarter. That gives the other team momentum so we got to play harder and stronger in the last couple minutes just to see if we can get back," he said.
"That's the toughest part, being down so much in the beginning. We got to play harder than them. We kept playing, we stuck it out, we kept fighting, and we came out with the win," Balkman added.
As the Beermen shoot for the semis in Game 2 Wednesday, Balkman says that it would be nice if San "iguel actually avoided a slow start.
Regardless, the finish has to be strong Balkman added.
"We just got to have a better start. Better start or a better finish, you know what I’m saying? Tonight we had a slow start and had a great finish," he said.
"Being professional as a team, playing together, we got to have a great start and a great finish. That's being a championship team," Balkman added.
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