SAN MIGUEL fell short of the title, but coach Bobby Parks feels they didn’t end up too far below expectations.
The Beermen bowed to the Indonesia Warriors, 78-76, in the deciding Game Three of their Asean Basketball League championship series on Saturday night in front of their home crowd.
“Everybody hates to lose, they were feeling bad," said Parks, describing the locker room atmosphere after the game. "But when you look at it, Indonesia really outplayed us."
The former seven-time PBA import notes the positive things in the maiden season that saw the Beermen finish the elimination round as the top-seeded team with a 17-4 win-loss record.
“We had a great season. For a team that is a newcomer in the league and starting from scratch, we had a remarkable season,” Parks said.
“We won a preseason tournament, the regular season tournament and we lost the championship. For a first-year team, that’s not bad. A lot of teams in their first year didn’t accomplished what we did,” he said.
“I’m proud of the guys,” he added.
San Miguel was close behind in nearly all departments including field goal shooting. The Beermen shot 36 percent (26-of-73) from the field which was only five percentage points behind the Warriors but failed to convert a three-pointer in the game.
But the Beermen found themselves in a deep hole after a 21-7 Indonesia run that made it a 59-47 lead for the Warriors in the third period.
“They made shots and we started missing. We really had good looks,” said Parks.
The Warriors posted a 71-59 lead but the Beermen had a 10-0 run to stay in the game. Stanley Pringle and Evan Brock, however, were the difference makers, pouring in the Warriors’ last seven points after the San Miguel rally.