PBA: Banged-up Beermen need to pick it up
Paul Lintag on Jun 09, 2019 06:14 PM
“It’s obvious na di pa nag-pi pick up mga players namin,” SMB head coach Leo Austria after a 0-2 start in the Commissioner’s Cup.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — San Miguel starting slow after a championship is nothing new.
Last year after winning a fourth straight Philippine Cup title, the Beermen opened the Commissioner’s Cup with three straight losses.
They still made the Finals.
This year after winning a fifth straight Philippine Cup title, the Beermen have opened the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with back-to-back defeats.
They lost by 33 to Northport and lost by 13 to TN after trailing by as many as 24.
The panic button is yet to be pressed but there’s now a growing sense of urgency for the banged-up Beermen.
San Miguel has the league-leading Blackwater Elite and defending champion Ginebra for its next two games. It would be ideal to get at least one win there, better if they get back to .500 quickly.
“Right now talagang we have to double the effort kasi next two games namin against Blackwater and Ginebra, it will be tough,” head coach Leo Austria said.
“The goal is still there to get to the playoffs,” he added after their 0-2 start.
The Beermen have some injuries to deal with following a successful title defense in the All-Filipino.
After missing one game, Chris Ross is back but he’s playing with a torn meniscus. Terrence Romeo is out with an Achilles injury while Arwind Santos hurt a finger Saturday in the loss to TNT.
San Miguel is clearly not at 100 percent and it shows.
“It’s obvious na di pa nag-pi pick up mga players namin,” Austria said.
“Our next game will be on Friday so I still have five days to prepare and I'm hoping na we could get to the kind of level na nilalaro ng mga teams dito,” he added.
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