SAN Miguel Beer may have become even more formidable, but that doesn’t mean the Beermen are unbeatable.
Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia believes the rest of the field can still find chinks in SMB’s armor despite the addition of top rookie pick Chrstian Standhardinger, who now forms a fearsome frontcourt tandem with June Mar Fajardo.
“Anything’s possible,” Garcia said. “Malay mo, it might also be something wrong, ‘di ba? Malay mo, biglang hindi mag-work yung tandem nila.”
“There are a lot of possibilities that can happen,” he added. “Like in an import conference, what would (SMB) do?”
While having twin towers is a blessing – especially in the Philippine Cup, it could also be a curse, implied Garcia, who feels the Beermen are going to find themselves in a tricky situation with regards to the kind of import they are tapping in the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups.
“Magkaka-problema rin sila,” Garcia said. “I think the most important conference for them is the all-Filipino, kasi dun talaga sila makikitang solid eh. Pagdating sa import conference, dun makikita ngayon kung how well will they play with an import.”
“That’s the only problem that I can see that they can have,” he added as he turns to his own frontline of Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, and Jewel Ponferrada in trying to stop their SMB counterparts.
Standhardinger is expected to the miss the all-Filipino conference and a portion of the Commissioner’s Cup as he fulfills first his duties with the Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club in the Asian Basketball League.
Acknowledging the lopsidedness of the SMB-Kia trade that further disrupted the balance of the league, Garcia – and the rest of the coaches – will just have to think and work harder to figure out how the stop the SMB juggernaut.
“In people’s eyes, it’s really unfair, because yung malakas, pinalakas mo pa,” Garcia said. “Pero we think it’s within the rules of the league. We just have to abide by the rules.”
“We have to find ways to stop them, kasi San Miguel’s already a grand-slam team, and with the addition of Christian, I think it’s going to be harder to stop,” he added.