SAN Miguel coach Biboy Ravanes isn't taking Barako Bull lightly as the two teams cross paths Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The presence of hot-shooting import Joshua Dollard and the sprinkling of veteran players in the Energy’s lineup are what makes them a dangerous team, according to Ravanes.
“They (Energy) have the no. 1 scoring import right now and they are a dangerous team to play,” the San Miguel coach acknowledged. “In fact, tinalo nila kami nung tune-up game namin sa pre-season kaya makikita mo ang capability nila.”
Game time is at 2:54 p.m. and serves as the curtain raiser of the Petron Saturday Special.
The Beermen (3-1) are coming off a vengeful 112-107 victory over Rain or Shine and will be looking to follow it up with yet another win against the Energy, loser of their last two outings for a 1-3 (win-loss) slate.
Import Kevin Jones has been fitting well so far for San Miguel, averaging 34 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks in his first two games since replacing NBA veteran Josh Boone more than a week ago.
Ravanes expects the 6-foot-7 Jones to try to put the clamp on Dollard, currently leading the league in scoring with an average of 33.5 points, along with 15 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks.
“Kailangan talagang pag-igihan namin ang defense namin dahil di naman mahinang team ang Barako Bull,” Ravanes said.
Solomon Mercado is expected to suit up for San Miguel after missing the team's game against the Elasto Painters due to a groin injury, though his minutes will be managed, according to Ravanes.
Chris Ross though might start again for the Beermen, who'll be up against the Energy's veteran playmaker Dennis Miranda and young guards Carlo Lastimosa and Jeric Fortuna.