PBA: Back to the drawing board for the Beermen

Mark Escarlote on Jul 28, 2018 12:14 AM
PBA: Back to the drawing board for the Beermen
San Miguel Beer wants to put its Game 1 blowout loss behind and be ready for Game 2 on Sunday.

San Miguel Beer just wants to put the embarrassment it experienced in Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals behind and get back to the drawing board.

The Beermen were beaten black and blue, 127-99, Friday in the best-of-seven championship series at the hands of Barangay Ginebra.

But the defending champions are not losing any sleep over their series opening loss – may it be a devastating blowout.   

“But the good thing is this is a best-of-7. Matalo kami ng 40 o 50, this is just one game. We have to move forward and we have to adjust next game,” said SMB coach Leo Austria, who will, try to regroup his squad for Game 2 on Sunday.

Justin Brownlee did most of the damage as the Gin Kings import poured 42 points in a crisp 17-of-19 field goal shooting including a perfect 5-of-5 from the three-point area. 

“It's a long finals. We win as a team we lose as a team. After the game, there's no player to blame, just gotta go out and play hard,” said Renaldo Balkman, who was tasked to defend against his former Alab-Pilipinas teammate Brownlee. “We got a Game 2 on Sunday. It's very frustrating so guess what, that's why we are in the playoffs, that's why it's Game 1. It wasn't Game 5 or Game 4.”

The Gin Kings started out hot and maintained their aggressiveness throughout the match to deny San Miguel any chance to mount a relevant resistance. San Miguel never tasted the lead the entire game.

“They just played better than us. They just had more energy than us, they played better than us,” said guard Chris Ross, who was limited to only four points before calling it a night after tweaking an ankle late in the third period. “But that’s what’s good in a series. You go back, look, make some changes, and come back ready for the next game. No matter if you lose by 40, 50, 60, or one, it's just one loss. They're up 1-0, so we'll go back to the drawing board and get ready for Sunday.”

The Gin Kings shot the ball well with 51-of-83 field goal shooting and pounded San Miguel with long bombs, a 13-of-25 clip beyond the rainbow arc. 

Also it didn’t help that the Beermen were not hitting their shots – a hellish 39-of-100 shooting.

“Pumapasok rin kasi mga tira nila sa labas. Dami nilang three points,” said big man June Mar Fajardo, who had a quiet night with 13 points and 12 boards. “Game 1 pa naman. Matalo lang ng one point or the same, one game lang yun.”

“Buti series to kasi may chance pa kaming makabawi,” he added.



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