SAN Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria rued Elijah Millsap’s shot volume and selection reduced June Mar Fajardo’s touches in Game One of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Ginebra on Monday night.
While he registered a triple-double of 29 points, 14 boards, and 11 assists, Millsap had to take a whopping 30 attempts to reach his scoring total, making only 13, in almost 44 minutes.
In comparison, Justin Brownlee’s 39 points came from just 27 attempts as he led his team to a 115-108 win.
Millsap tried to almost singlehandedly carry the Beermen particularly down the stretch in getting back what once stood as an early 13-point lead.
“I think that's the strength of Millsap especially in transition. He wants to take charge dahil na-sense niya yung urgency na kailangan umiskor, because he knows na siya ang import na aasahan,” Austria said, “But sometimes, makikita natin na bad shot selection.”
“But I always give them the benefit of the doubt, talagang pinababayaan ko sila,” he was quick to add. “I keep on telling them na in transition, you can do whatever you want as long as you have control of the ball.”
Still, Austria has urged his team to stick to the system and dump the ball down low to Fajardo, who slowed down after scoring 11 points in the opening period, finishing with 25 and 15 boards.
“If we have the opportunity, let's set up the play and let's go to our advantage player,” Austria said. “If you notice, they're having a problem containing June Mar at the post, but in the second half, minimal yung touches niya eh. I just keep on telling them. But maybe next game, kailangan sundin namin what is our game plan.”
“We're not disciplined enough to execute our play,” he added while giving part of the credit to the game plan of the Ginebra coach.
“I guess coach Tim Cone did a good job in preparing to stop our big man from scoring inside,” Austria said.