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    Giant hangover for San Miguel players, coaches after another playoff meltdown

    Apr 26, 2014
    Todd Purves and fellow San Miguel Beer coaches will have weeks to reflect on another playoff disappointment for a once-proud franchise. Jerome Ascano

    A DAY after another playoff meltdown, San Miguel Beer players and coaches are in no mood to talk.

    Perfectly understandable.

    The 95-101 double-overtime loss to Air21 on Friday night marked another low for the once-proud flagship franchise of San Miguel Corporation, which continues to get better on paper but just can't seem to translate the improvement into success on the playing floor.

    By becoming just the fifth second-seeded team to bow out at the quarterfinal stage, the Beermen sunk to new depths of disappointment in a conference where they had hoped to put an end to the "Petronovela' days from the time they carried the Petron name.

    The pro league's most successful team has now gone eight straight conferences without a silverware - a buffling result for a team that has moved from one coach to another while undergoing a massive buildup that brought in top names like June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, and Sol Mercado.

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    So what went wrong this time?

    Well, no one's talking at this time. Todd Purves, who took over as an 'active consultant' at the start of the conference, is not answering calls. So were reigning MVP Arwind Santos and Fajardo.

    Only head coach Biboy Ravanes obliged for an interview, but he refused to delve into the Air21 loss. Instead, all he wanted to do was thank the fans for sticking it out with the Beermen.

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    “We would like to thank our loyal #fearthebeer fans for being with us all throughout,” Ravanes told Spin.ph on Saturday. “Rest assured, we will work harder for the next conferences."

    “This is only the beginning. Our journey will continue,” he added.

    Meanwhile, it's the San Miguel fans who have been making the noise in the wake of the ouster of the twice-to-beat Beermen, flooding the Spin.ph with rants.

    One fan vented his ire on Santos, who he wants traded, while another said he is bracing for another coaching shuffle for a team that has gone from Ato Agustin to Rajko Toroman to Olsen Racela to Gee Abanilla to Ravanes and Purves over the past two seasons.

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    The hashtag #Larongmayaman is still trending on Twitter, started by people who apparently feel the Beermen do not have the mental fortitude to go down and get dirty in a grindout playoff game.

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    Todd Purves and fellow San Miguel Beer coaches will have weeks to reflect on another playoff disappointment for a once-proud franchise. Jerome Ascano
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