How San Miguel Beer translates its adjustments into game would be showcased when it tangles with Bay Area anew Friday in Game 2 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup’s semifinals duel at the PhilSports Arena.
A thrilling 103-102 win in the best-of-five series’ opener last Wednesday gave the Dragons the much-needed head start, but Beermen acting coach Jorge Gallent has already pinpointed the areas his charges must fine-tune more and play for the entire game.
“Aggressiveness, playing team offense and team defense. That’s the main thing,” said Gallent following the loss that was SMB’s second in as many meetings with Bay Area in the conference.
But Dragons coach Brian Goorjian was quick to downplay the win after his side had to scrape and claw its way back from as much as a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.
“This is a war, not a game. We’ve (still) got a lot to play,” said Goorjian.
“The playoffs is totally different than the regular season. You’re playing the same team maybe five times. There’s nothing in this,” added Goorjian. “The team that makes the adjustments, that gets better as the series goes on, is the team that’s gonna win this series. This is just one game so….”
The Australian-American tactician also admitted his team has its own tinkering to do. “There’s a lot of things that we didn’t do well, that we can do better at, and that would be the focus,” he said before pointing out the priorities.