PBA: Beermen focused on winning not engaging in physical play

Paul Lintag on Apr 24, 2019 06:20 PM
PBA: SMB focused on winning not engaging in physical play
Even as opponents continue to resort to physical play to try and throw the Beermen off their game, San Miguel’s incredible star power and desire to win prevail each time.

The Phoenix-San Miguel series in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals has been highly physical.

Some would say it has been borderline dirty.

Things reached a near boiling point Tuesday during Game 4 as Alex Cabagnot appeared to spark a near-brawl with an apparent punch to RJ Jazul’s nether regions.

That caused Phoenix’ Alex Mallari to push Cabagnot to the floor, which prompted Beermen forward Matt Ganuelas-Rosser to come flying in to defend his teammate.

Cooler heads prevailed but that particular incident was just one of many in Game 4.

Still, as the series continues to intensify and the champion Beermen taking a significant amount of punishment, they insist that that’s normal for playoff basketball.

They know they will take an opponent’s best shot each game and they are prepared for it.

As for the supposed dirty plays, they’ll leave that to the public to decide.

“It’s up to the public or the audience how they see the game. But in the playoffs, it could happen eh [physical play] because everybody, especially our opponent, wants to win badly,” San Miguel head coach Leo Austria said.

“And every time we have a game, ine-expect namin yun because every team in the PBA wants to beat San Miguel. Whatever they try, we’re ready sa kanila,” he added.

The physicality has not affected the Beermen in these playoffs.

San Miguel survived a grueling quarterfinals against TNT and the defending four-time champs are up 3-1 against no. 1 Phoenix in the semifinals.

Even as opponents continue to resort to physical play to try and throw the Beermen off their game, San Miguel’s incredible star power and desire to win prevail each time.

“I think hindi pa nagsasawa yung mga players ko,” Austria said on winning as they look to take a fifth straight Philippine Cup title.

“We are focused on winning, not only the championship, [but winning] every game,” he added.

 

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