Coach feels SMB became ‘comfortable’ after two-game win streak as Beermen suffer worst loss of season
Junemar Fajardo could not keep up with Greg Slaughter this time, says San Miguel coach Leo Austria. Jerome Ascano 

SAN Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria admitted he didn’t expect to see his team get blown out by Barangay Ginebra in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup match on Sunday night.

The Beermen welcomed June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos as well as Ronald Tubid to the fold, but failed to be at the best as their two-game winning streak was snapped.

“We’re surprised sa nangyari,” Austria said. “Some of the players mukhang naging comfortable after nung last two wins namin.”

Coming off a resounding 117-98 victory over Star last Sunday, the Beermen suffered their worst loss of the season and worst since Austria took over two years ago.

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“Alam ko naman na darating at darating ‘to, but we’re still in a good position to be in number one,” said Austria, whose team dropped to third spot at 5-3 (win-loss).

Still, Austria rued Tyler Wilkerson’ early foul trouble as the SMB import had to retreat to the bench with over four minutes left in the second quarter after picking up a fourth foul.

Austria also felt Fajardo, who played for the first time in three games, failed to match up well against long-time rival Greg Slaughter, who finished with 18 points, seven boards, and four blocks in 33 minutes.

“Our import got to early foul trouble and si June Mar na dapat pang-cancel out namin kay Greg Slaughter, but it’s obvious that he’s not yet a hundred percent,” he said.

“Give him another game or two, I think he’ll be back to his usual form,” Austria added.

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