COACH Bobby Parks admitted there was no sense of urgency for the Beermen the last time and he hopes his wards will approach their final game with a different attitude.
San Miguel was outplayed by a more determined Indonesian side last week to force a decider in the best-of-three title series of the Asean Basketball League and now Parks wants to see his players make amends for the disastrous 61-81 road loss.
Game Three is set at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena.
“I think there was no sense of urgency on our part. It was win or go home for Indonesia. We wanted to win but there’s a difference between wanting to win and going all out to win,” said Parks after presiding over team practice at the Ynares Sports Arena on Wednesday afternoon.
“I want them to be hungry. So far, they have been showing it because I’m seeing that the level of intensity is very high based on the scrimmages.”
The Beermen fell behind early and played catch-up the rest of the way, as American import Evan Brock led the way for Indonesia with 26 points.
“Brock is a good player. He made his jump shots early and that built his confidence. We plan on keeping him away from that kind of comfort level because once he gets into a zone, it’s hard to stop him,” Parks said.
The former seven-time PBA import also said that the team is making adjustments on offense. Under pressure from the Warriors’ tough defense, the Beermen shot a dismal 39 percent from the field including a mere two three-pointers as compared to the Warriors’ 48 percent clip.
“They took us out of our comfort zone and we stopped running our plays. It was one pass, one shot. We only had 10 assists,” said Parks.
With the Beermen down big, Parks had to heavily rely on his top players in imports Duke Crews and Nick Fazekas and Leo Avenido, who scored a total of 39 points for the Beermen in Game Two.
“Some of the guys played a lot of minutes in Game Two so I might be reaching down a little bit more on my bench this time,” Parks said.