Already without main man June Mar Fajardo and flashy guard Terrence Romeo, San Miguel missed the services of starter Marcio Lassiter during the crucial meeting against NLEX last Friday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center.
The Beermen, who played their third game in 4 days and second of a back-to-back, never found their rhythm and were ambushed big time by the resurgent Road Warriors, 124-90.
The 33-year old Lassiter, who is averaging 15.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists after 8 games inside the PBA bubble, sat out the match due to a right calf muscle strain.
To make things worse, big man Russel Escoto went down early in the game with a dislocated left shoulder.
“Recurrent shoulder dislocator na siya. Kaya maluwag na yung shoulder, madali ma-dislocate, pero madali din maibalik,” said team PT Edward Bacason.
Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao sympathized with the current situation of the Beermen but admitted that he knew all along that it was coming due to the short player rotation of the team.
“I know they are used to using seven to eight people and then papasok ka sa isang bubble condition na nagkulang pa, meron pang nalagas and yet you’re dependent on those guys playing day in day out, practice day in, day out, masusunog ka talaga,” said the volatile mentor.
The reigning five-time Philippine Cup champs will try to snap out of a two-game slide when they take on league-leading Brgy. Ginebra on Sunday, November 8 at the same venue.