IT’S supposed to be the way San Miguel should play - like defending champions.
Import Elijah Millsap said it was imperative for the Beermen to start strong and finish the same way in Game Four of the PBA Governors Cup semifinals against Ginebra, if only to show that it was not giving up their title without a fight.
“We did what we were supposed to do tonight, came out with high energy and focus and be the best team that we can be,” said the San Miguel import. “My guys came out and played like defending champions.”
Millsap hit two three-pointers in the early part of the game and set the tone for the Beermen’s 101-72 beating of the Kings on Sunday night. It paved the way for a winner-take-all Game Five this Tuesday for a spot in the finals.
The NBA veteran finished with just 13 points but grabbed 17 rebounds and dished off four assists.
“That was my intention to come out aggressively,” he said of hitting the two three-pointers that gave San Miguel an early 13-5 lead. “It was good to be able to put the game away early.”
Millsap faces another do-or-die game in his PBA stint, having been in the same situation three years ago when San Miguel battled San Mig Coffee in the deciding match of the 2013 Governors Cup finals. The Beermen, unfortunately, lost the closely-fought encounter against Tim Cone and the Mixers.
The San Miguel import sees a different ending for him this time should the reigning champions play again the way they did tonight.
“Game Five hopefully we’ll come out with the same intensity and same communication,” said the brother of NBA star Paul Millsap.