Aware that anything can happen in a short series, the San Miguel Beermen are raring to finish off the Indonesia Warriors in Game Two of the Asean Basketball League finals on Saturday at the Mahaka Square in Jakarta.
The Beermen battle the Warriors at 4 p.m. Manila time looking to end the best-of-three series and wrap up a championship right in the franchise's maiden season in the regional league.
San Miguel coach Bobby Parks knows Indonesia is capable of fighting back and the last thing he wants to do is head back to the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City for a Game Three on June 30.
“Indonesia is a good team. This is a quick series so we’ll try to go for the sweep,” Parks said.
After the Beermen's 86-83 victory in Game One last week, Parks' foremost concern is the match-up among imports which he claims favors the Warriors.
Indonesia's Steve Thomas brings size and strength down low while partner Evan Brock, who scored a game-high 24 points in Game One, is an athletic player with spring in his legs.
Parks said having Duke Crews guard Thomas leaves the lumbering Nick Fazekas to guard Brock.
“When we put Crews on Thomas, that leaves Fazekas with a quicker Brock,” said Parks. “We really need to do a better job on scouting.”
Warriors coach Todd Purves, on the other hand, blamed his team’s 13-for-23 shooting from the free throw line for the Game One loss.
“I had good shooters missing free throws and that happens,” said Purves. “There are no techniques that I can talk about. It’s just a matter of putting in the work.”