San Miguel Beer will attempt to up its lead to 2-0 against Alaska today in Game Two of the best-of-seven championship round of 40th Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces absorbed a resounding 78-108 loss from the Beermen in Game One at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday.
Game Two begins at 5:00 p.m. after the awarding of the Best Player of the Conference and Best Import awards.
“Well, we just cannot sit back and relax after this win. I’ am very sure they [Alaska] will come back stronger in Game Two,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. “In the first place, I did not expect to win with a huge lead. They are the most well defensive team.”
San Miguel Beer got a solid game through import AZ Reid who finished with 32 points and seven assists, while the 6’10 June Mar Fajardo had 18 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks.
They are expected to lead the Beermen anew in Game Two with the support of 6’1 playmaker Alex Cabagnot, shooting guard Marcio Lassiter, Chris Lutz, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross and Ronald Tubid, among others.
Alaska import Romeo Travis vowed his team would bounce back in Game Two.
“This is still a long series and we can recover,” said Travis, who finished with a measly 14 points in his first game in the finals. “I believe my teammates will give their whole effort in on Sunday.”
Travis averaged 24.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per game in the elimination round.
Alaska, under head coach Alex Compton, is expected to rely on the prowess of forward Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, Cyrus Baguio, JV Casio, guard Chris Banchero, center Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros and RJ Jazul, among others.
“We gotta get better, they killed us on the boards, they dominated us this was what I was afraid of when we had a break,” said Compton. “I felt we have lost our flow, the shots we usually make we missed.”