SAN Miguel Beer went all in on Tuesday night – so they didn’t have to go all out again for another game.
The Beermen refused to pull their punches in a 115-96 win over Phoenix in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal matchup, so much so that coach Leo Austria left his starters in the game even with the outcome already beyond doubt, before putting in his third-stringers with only two minutes left in the game.
The SMB starters played at least 33 minutes each as they again conspired to lead the Beermen to another Final Four berth.
Marcio Lassiter, who saw the second-most action with 38 minutes and 18 seconds on the court, didn’t mind the heavy minutes as the Beermen found no need for their twice-to-beat advantage after eliminating the Fuel Masters in just one game.
“I guess the positive thing is there are a few days, and hopefully more than a few days to recover,” the SMB sniper said. “We just got to manage. If we’re out there, we just got to continue to play hard, and hopefully we can keep playing with a high intensity.”
“We don’t want to slack off and let the foot down, so it’s a good reminder for us heading into the next round,” he added. “We got to keep doing that.”
To get his wish of more rest, Lassiter is hoping for the Star-Rain or Shine best-of-three series to go the distance. The Hotshots won the series opener on Monday.
“I want it to go Game Three,” Lassiter said. “I just want them to be a little tired and a little more break for us.”
“But both teams, it won’t be easy for us,” he was quick to add after leading SMB’s early surge agains the Beermen, finishing with a game-high 26 points, spiked by five triples, along with four boards, three assists, and two steals.
“We’re glad we were able to take care of business tonight,” Lassiter said. “We’re able to set the tone and get some stops, set the defensive edge early, and we just carried it throughout the night, so we’re hoping to build on it for the next round. And that’s going to be even tougher.”