MARQUS Blakely says exhaustion may be setting in, but the Mixers should pull through if they keep their eyes on the goal.
“We just got to remind ourselves what we’re playing for now and how important it is,” said Marcus Blakely, referring to San Mig Coffee’s bid for a grand slam, ahead of Game Two of the PBA Governors Cup Finals against Rain or Shine on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.
San Mig did look low on energy and struggled through the first three quarters of the series-opener, relying on some extra spark from their second unit as well as James Yap’s endgame heroics to grab Game One, 104-101, against Rain or Shine on Tuesday.
“There’s no excuses. But if you look at just what happened, a short conference, three championships, so guys will be tired,” Blakely told Spin.ph.
The 6-foot-4 Blakely said he’s just thankful that the second unit, particularly Allein Maliksi, along with rookies Ian Sangalang and Justin Melton, as well as Rafi Reavis held their ground and sparked the team’s rousing second half uprising.
“It (energy) wasn’t there in the first half. We kind of weathered the storm in the third, had some momentum in the fourth quarter while our second team stepped it up and got us back in the game,” recalled the Best Import candidate.
But the 25-year-old San Mig import said after going through Wednesday’s practice, they already had a chance to correct their mistakes and improve on their communication on the floor to ensure they won’t have another slow start come Game Two.
“Things like getting back in transition (defense), miscommunication on defense, those are the things we can fix,” he said.
“We know in what areas we’re lacking, which enabled them (Elasto Painters) to shoot that well from the three-point shot.”