STREAKING San Miguel tries to extend its winning run to 10 as it takes on dangerous Westports Malaysia Dragons Friday in the Asean Basketball League at the Ynares Sports Arena.
The Beermen go to the 5 p.m. encounter with the visiting Dragons having been unbeaten in their last nine outings, including a 101-49 beating of the Saigon Heat Wednesday night.
The 52-point winning margin was the biggest in the history of the fledgling league, while the ninth straight victories also eclipsed the longest win-streak in the ABL at eight which the Beermen previously registered last season.
Shortly after the rout of the Heat, the Beermen quickly flew back to Manila for their game against the Dragons. Arriving Thursday afternoon, they held their practice later in the night at the Ynares Sports Arena.
“Ayaw namin mawala sa focus,” stressed San Miguel coach Leo Austria before the team plunged down to its night practice.
Against Malaysia, San Miguel does face a formidable, semifinal-bound opponent very much capable of pulling an upset.
Only last week, the Dragons came through with a landmark victory by defeating no less than defending champion Indonesia Warriors, 80-79.
The stunning win suddenly propelled the Beermen on top of the standings, which they retained following the huge win over the Heat.
With the Dragons on the horizon, Austria said the Beermen played their usual game against the Heat despite the host country playing with only six players Wednesday night.
“Nilaro namin ‘yung usual game namin para maging habit namin ‘yung consistency dahil alam namin na kalaban namin ang Malaysia,” Austria said.
The San Miguel mentor said the team is wary against the visitors following their upset of the Warriors.
“Mataas ang kumpiyansa nila dahil tinalo nila ang Indonesia kaya very tough game para sa amin. Laging sinasabi ni coach Ariel Vanguardia (Malaysia team coach) na ginawa ‘yung team nila para talunin ang Indonesia at San Miguel,” Austria added.
The Beermen coach also said Malaysia is definitely eyeing a payback against the Beermen, who beat the Dragons at home.