MARC Pingris insisted on Wednesday San Mig Coffee’s 22-point blowout loss Petron in Game Three hardly dented the confidence of the team in the ongoing PBA Governors' Cup Finals.
Down 1-2 in the best-of-seven series after a 68-90 loss, Pingris remains confident about the Mixers' chances, although he said they need to play a lot harder in Game Four if they want to stay in the hunt for the title in the season-ending conference.
The Gilas national team stalwart said a breakdown in the Mixers’ defense allowed the Boosters to run away with the most lopsided outcome so far in the title series.
“Aaminin ko pero kanya-kanya kami sa depensa,” said Pingris. “Kapag pangit kasi ang depensa namin, pangit din ang opensa namin. Wala na sa coach yan eh.”
Pingris, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on a losing note, lamented how the Mixers abandoned the team’s system early in the first quarter, which allowed the Boosters to step on the gas and take a commanding 55-30 lead at the half.
But he’s not out to take away the credit from Petron, which dominated San Mig Coffee from start to finish on the way to the lopsided victory.
“Maganda ang simula pero napaghandaan nila kami, na scout nila kaming mabuti sa triangle (offense). Pero 'di pa naman tapos ang series eh, babawi kami next game,” vowed the bruising San Mig big man, who finished with just five points, four rebounds, and four assists.
The 6-foot-5 Pingris and the Mixers experienced the bitter taste of losing the championship of this same conference last season against Rain or Shine.
And he’s keeping his fingers crossed the reverse will happen this time around.
“Ang hirap pumunta ng Finals so ito na, kailangan adjust-adjust lang sa practice. Iyan lang ang dapat naming gawin. At di pa kami gi-give up dahil hangga’t di nila (Boosters) nakukuha ang four wins, di kami re-relax, laban lang talaga,” added the power-playing forward.
Pingris and San Mig will now try to avoid falling into a deep 1-3 hole when the two teams clash again on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.