SAN Miguel Beer may be sitting atop the standings of the PBA Philippine Cup, but that won’t stop the powerhouse squad from playing like they’re on the verge of elimination.
The three-time defending champions seek to get back to their winning ways as they face Alaska on Saturday in a road game at the Batangas City Coliseum.
After winning the first five games, the Beermen have lost two of their last three games, the latest a stunning 106-96 decision at the hands of Blackwater last week that allowed Magnolia and Alaska to momentarily grab a piece of the lead. Recent losses by the Hotshots and the Aces, though, have put SMB back alone on top.
Despite their lofty position, the Beermen seek to regain their fiery form as they continue to cope wihout injured Alex Cabagnot in the Petron Saturday Special that tips off at 5 p.m.
“Every game is a must win for us,” Chris Ross said. “We treat every game the same. We’re in a huge adjustment period right now. We’re still adjusting to playing without Alex, we’re adjusting to the game as it is called now.
“It is a huge adjustment period for us and we got to figure it out,” he added after their upset loss to Blackwater. “We’ll be ready for Saturday.”
Without Cabagnot, Ross had to be aggressive offensively again, scoring 20 points, on top of nine rebounds, seven assists, and one steal that went for naught against the Elite.
Ross, though, is hoping for more contribution from the rest of the Beermen as they face an Aces side that’s also eager to get back on track following a 96-89 loss to NLEX in a game where their comeback from 30 points down just fell short, snapping their six-game win streak in the process.
“We know teams aren’t just going to lay down just because we’re the three-time champions,” Ross said. “We got to be ready for that challenge because we’re going to get everyone’s best punch every night out and we just got to prepare for that.”