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    Austria rues Beermen's poor shot selection in Game 5 loss to Hotshots

    May 11, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel coach Leo Austria said the strange incident in Game Five involving a person wearing a Spiderman costume didn’t play a factor in the Beermen’s defeat in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    Austria the simply struggled from the field, shooting just 29 percent.

    Game Five was marred by an incident in which a man wearing a Spiderman costume ran on the court, forcing a delay in the match. The lull came when the Beermen had cut Magnolia’s lead to 84-78, with 3:08 left in the fourth.

    Austria said the lull didn’t affect the Beermen. In fact, the Beermen even played better after the break.

    “Before that, we had the momentum and umiiskor na kami, nakaka-depensa na kami. ‘Yung nangyaring incident na ‘yun, it didn’t affect. Hindi nakaapekto sa focus ng players. In fact, lumamang kami. We are not fortunate because the last three possessions, hindi kami naka-score,” said Austria.

    Instead, Austria pointed at how the Beermen bled for their points in their two-point loss, with the Hotshots taking the win on a Mark Barroca last-second jumper.

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    Simply put, the breaks of the game didn’t go San Miguel’s way.

    “It’s very evident, our shot selection is very poor because imagine, it’s hard to win if you are shooting 29 percent, against 40 of Magnolia. Na-outrebound namin sila but we were not able to execute in the last few possessions, especially their big man was in foul trouble,” said Austria.

    “The breaks were not on our side. There is a lot of drama na nangyari kanina. I hope na next game, we will come out with a lot of energy because it’s a do-or-die for us,” Austria said.

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