After falling just a tad short in their upset bid on the road, the Indonesia Warriors look to take care of business at home and force a decider when they face the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League best-of-three championship series.
Gametime is at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Mahaka Square in Jakarta.
Indonesia head coach Todd Purves said his wards have already recovered from the 86-83 Game One loss and are hell-bent on performing better on Saturday in front of their home crowd.
“We played a tough Game One and we are ready to bounce back in Game Two. We had one week of preparations and we are looking forward to a great game on Saturday,” Purves told aseanbasketballleague.com
“We have our backs against the wall on Saturday. We have to focus more and execute well. We have to play smarter also. We are basketball players, if you don’t love this part of the game, you should not be playing,” said Indonesia import Evan Brock, who scored a game-high 24 points in Game One.
The Bobby Parks-mentored Beermen moved within a win of the ABL title after overcoming a 14-point deficit to beat the Warriors at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City last Saturday.
Now they are bracing for a big Indonesia fightback.
“The first game of the series didn’t surprise me that it went down to the wire because there are two great teams here,” Parks said.
Chris Banchero, San Miguel’s point guard, expects Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle to play better in Game Two. The former Penn State star and Smart Gilas candidate had 15 points in the first half but could not carry the Warriors to the win after he was slowed down to six markers in the second.
“He is a great player. I know coach Parks will make some adjustments in Game Two but I expect Pringle to come out and play his best. He’s just that type of a player,” Banchero said.