San Miguel's down-the-wire semifinal finish against Westport Malaysia served the team in good stead in its come-from-behind win against Indonesia in Game One of the Asean Basketball League championship series.
Coach Bobby Parks said so in the aftermath of the Beermen's 86-83 victory in the opener of the best-of-three series, one which saw the team fight back from a 14-point second-quarter deficit.
"With the series against Malaysia going three games, I think that helped us a lot to keep our composure," said Parks.
The Beermen went through the eye of the needle to get past the Dragons in the semis and advance to the Finals right on their rookie season in the regional league.
Now they are just a win away from clinching their first league title, which Parks said they hope to accomplish come Game Two on June 23 at the Mahaka Square in Jakarta.
"We will try to finish it in Game Two. It was hard to scout them (Warriors) because we haven’t really played against them. I think they had more looks at us,” said Parks, whose team last played the Warriors three months ago.
But Parks isn’t ruling out a Warriors comeback, especially with the team playing at home.
“We really have to do a better job on defense because this team is really quick,” he admitted.
Even before the series started, Parks spoke of the need for the Beermen to clamp down on Warriors’ Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle. After Game one, the former seven-time PBA import said he was satisfied with how the team made adjustments after the Indonesian guard torched them for 15 of his 21 points in the first half.
“We haven’t really seen Pringle and that was our first look at him. He is really a good player but we did a good job with him in the second half,” said Parks.