ONE big thing San Miguel Beer accomplished last Wednesday was it avoided falling 0-2 in a best-of-5 series.
“We don’t want to be in deep trouble,” said SMB coach Leo Austria after the Beermen defeated Barangay Ginebra, 95-92, in Game 2 which levelled their brief series to one game apiece.
“In a best-of-5 series, it is very important not to go 0-2,” added Austria.
Now, Austria is hoping the tough win will give them momentum when they and the Gin Kings return to the court today for the crucial Game 3 where the winner will move a win away from the finals of the season-ending conference.
“I hope this win (Game 2) can give us momentum which is hard ‘coz we keep on adjusting,” said Austria, referring to the 7 p.m. game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
In last Monday’s Game 1 which the Gin Kings won, 115-108, Austria admitted having limited rotation, with Arwind Santos ending up tired in defending Ginebra’s import Justin Brownlee.
A major adjustment in defense in Game 2 apparently worked on the Beermen’s advantage.
“I have to appreciate these players in spite of being tired at mababa ang morale. I salute the players because of their composure,” said Austria.
“In the beginning, sabi ko chess match ito e. We’ve learned our lesson from our last game, there were so many lapses defensively in the 2nd half,” added Austria, stressing the Beermen gave up 69 points in Game 1.
It will now be the turn of Tim Cone and his Gin Kings to try to make the adjustments if they are to grab the upperhand in the series.