FOR San Miguel Beer import Reggie Williams, the loss against Alaska is just one game, but said the Beermen should learn for the first day setback in the PBA Governors Cup.
“It’s just one game. But we have to learn from this (loss) and prepare for the next game,” said the 6-foot-4 Williams, who fired seven three-point shots and finished with 42 points in his league debut, while adding nine rebounds and five assists.
“Alaska played good, they competed, they outhustled us today.”
Williams’ all-around game wasn’t enough though as the Beermen lost steam in the end and bowed against the Aces, 94-87, Sunday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“It’s just the little things here and there but I take nothing away from Alaska. They played great, they hustled, got loose balls, while we didn’t match their intensity that we should have,” Williams said after the game.
The NBA veteran said the defeat, though painful, does not necessarily define the Beermen’s title bid for the conference.
The 27-year-old Williams logged in 44 minutes and appeared to have tired out in the end, missing two huge free throws inside the final minute, while committing two crucial turnovers that somehow cost the game for the winningest franchise in league history.
Williams though vowed to get even better in the succeeding games, especially since the tournament format calls for just a single-round elimination.
San Miguel will try to avoid going down in a 0-2 hole when it faces Rain or Shine on Friday.