BUOYED by its rousing win Friday night, San Miguel Beer tries to make it two in a row against defending champion Indonesia as the two teams collide in Game 2 of the Asean Basketball League Finals Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Beermen took the opener of the best-of-five series, 75-70, behind the heroics of reigning league MVP Asi Taulava, who poured in 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while scoring the last four points of the home team to clinch the win.
Coach Leo Austria was vocal enough shortly and insisted the Beermen are eyeing to complete a sweep of the home games shortly before the series shifts to Indonesia for Games 3 and 4, if necessary.
“We want to take Game 2 as well before we leave for Jakarta,” he said.
Game time is set at 3 p.m.
Chris Banchero complemented Taulava by coming through with 15 points, while Val Acuna again proved to be reliable off the bench after hitting for 13 points.
But Austria acknowledged that it was defense more than anything else that won it for San Miguel.
“Our main focus is on defense and we made it difficult for them (Warriors) to make shots,” said the Beermen coach.
Still, Taulava expects a fight back from the Warriors.
“They (the Warriors) are the defending champions. You can’t take anything away from them. They will come back in the next game and it’s going to be even harder to get a win. They are very experienced,” added the veteran San Miguel big man.
Import Steve Thomas had 20 points and 17 rebounds in a losing cause for the Warriors, who also got 15 and 14 from Stanley Pringle and Cris Daniels, respectively.