Wednesday’s San Miguel-Meralco opening was characterized by the Beermen’s great enthusiasm, which propelled their dominating wire-to-wire victory. As a result Beermen is aiming to maintain advantages.
Coach Leo Austria readily analyzed it, attributing it to his players’ lack of passion and the Meralco team’s exhaustion after a three-game quarterfinals series against Barangay Ginebra.
But Austria is not contemplating the notion that this will be the case over the whole series.
The Beermen would stay extremely motivated, but the Bolts may recuperate from their crushing 121-97 loss and launch a comeback at any point in the series.
And Austria reminds everyone, including himself, that this is a lengthy series, and Meralco is a formidable opponent with its desire, drive, and ambition to conclude a long pursuit of supreme glory. (RG)
Friday at 3 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Beermen and the Bolts engage in a rematch, with Austria urging his team to press defensively harder.
“They want to run, but their defense is smothering. Team Sila is defensive, team Kami is attacking. We must enhance our defense, and it will be the determining factor “said Austria.
The San Miguel coach is afraid that his team’s 24 point victory in Game 1 would lead to complacency.
“Delikado baka mag-relax. I-a-address ko yan sa kanila. This is simply one in a lengthy series of games. We’ll do our best talagang gawin ang game strategy.
We won the first game, and I hope we can continue that success in the second “Austria stated.
Undoubtedly, the Lightning’s immediate job is to relax and return to the board.
Wednesday, exhausted physically and psychologically after the grueling quarters struggle against the Gin Kings, they had little chance against the highly energized Beermen.
However, caretaker coach Luigi Trillo and his soldiers cannot turn back. (SB)