As San Miguel Beer opened their Governors' Cup campaign against KIA, the last thing they wanted was to suffer yet another loss to the expansion team that dealt them a humiliating defeat last conference.
But when the scoreboard showed 83-78 in favor of the Carnival after the buzzer sounded, the SMB management had enough of the team's woes and decided to play the trade card.
"Boss Robert (Non) told them na, 'I don't care kung sino ang puwedeng i-trade sa inyo if you continue playing that way,'" head coach Leo Austria told reporters after emerging from the locker room on Wednesday night.
The Beermen opened their season with a dominant 9-2 record in the elimination round of the Philippine Cup and capped the All-Filipino conference with a championship title....
When June Mar Fajardo played against KIA import Hamady N’Diaye Wednesday evening at Mall of Asia Arena, he ran into a defensive machine that stopped him at all cost.
Fajardo finished with 11 points and eight boards, very low numbers for his standard, and shot 27 percent from the field....
It was a fun time for the Carnival as they frustrated the intoxicated Beermen with their stifling defense that fueled their transition offense.
San Miguel shot a dry 33 percent from the field while Kia had its engines running as it went on a 44 percent shooting clip....
The Beermen and the Carnival face off at 7 p.m. after the opener between Barako Bull Energy and NLEX Road Warriors at 4:15 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
San Miguel is coming off a disappointing Commissioner’s Cup campaign where they failed to even advance to the playoffs. That stint came right after winning the Philippine Cup crown last January....
MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen are in better condition now than they were in the previous conference, but head coach Leo Austria is not yet satisfied with what he sees from his players.
The Beermen are hoping to bounce back in the season-ending Governor's Cup after a disappointing performance in the Commissioner's Cup.
After winning the All-Filipino crown, the Beermen fell flat in the second conference, missing the playoffs entirely....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||0||1||0.000|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||11th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||5||0.773||Champion|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||5th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||4||0.636||5th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||15||6||0.714||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||6th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||7th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||6||8||0.429||5th|