THIS is an ominous sign for San Miguel Beer.
Head coach Biboy Ravanes on Tuesday was left to rue the team's lack of toughness after the rechristened Beermen blew a double-digit lead in a 110-114 loss to Barako Bull in a tune-up game on Tuesday.
“Iyung system kasi, almost the same lang naman (from the Philippine Cup). May dagdag lang na couple more of plays, pero halos pareho lang ng last conference,” Ravanes, who succeeded Gee Abanilla, said.
“Pero iyung toughness, I want them (Beermen) to play tough kasi hindi puwedeng reklamo ng reklamo na lang,” he added.
Ravanes, a defensive specialist during his playing years spent with Alaska and San Miguel, can only hope his defensive mindset will rub off on the Beermen in the coming PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The longtime Petron assistant coach also said the Beermen need to be tougher, blaming their recent semifinal loss to Rain or Shine in the season-opening Philippine Cup to lack of mental toughness.
“We have to adapt to the kind of basketball we play. That’s why we lost to Rain or Shine last conference because we don’t have the mental toughness,” lamented Ravanes.
The new San Miguel coach is hopeful incoming import Josh Boone could fit into his defense-oriented system.
“Iyung quickness niya (Boone), 'yung mobility niya, 'yun ang madadala niya sa team. Kaya lang medyo nag-a-adjust pa siya sa physicality inside,” said Ravanes.