WITH its Tuesday practice ruined by the monsoon rains, San Mig Coffee now hopes to draw up a gameplan before tipoff and execute it well to avoid a third straight loss when it takes on unpredictable Globalport on Wednesday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Only seven players reported for practice on Tuesday, with head coach Tim Cone and assistant coach Richard del Rosario failing to make it to Ronac gym due to the flooded roads in Metro Manila.
San Mig superstar James Yap said with the team missing five players including Joe Devance and Yancy de Ocampo, they decided to just do some shooting to prepare for Wednesday’s game.
“Mas maaga na lang daw ang call time namin. Eh binaha yung ibang teammates namin,” Yap told Spin.ph.
Against the Batang Pier, the former two-time PBA MVP, who has been struggling offensively this conference, said they can’t take their opponents lightly.
“Magaling na team iyan,” Yap said, referring to Globalport. “Bawal mag-relax kapag sila kalaban mo. Siyempre, may mga magagaling na diyan.”
Globalport, which opened the conference with a 101-94 win over Air21, tries to regain its bearing against San Mig as both teams try to position early in the standings given the short, one-round elimination format.
“It’s a big game for us. We don’t want to fall into the same way like before,” Globalport veteran guard Solomon Mercado said, referring to the Batang Pier’s sorry 74-94 loss to defending champion Rain or Shine on Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Globalport also missed four players — Mercado, Willie Miller, Jondan Salvador and Mark Yee — in practice due to the floods.
The 6’1” Mercado mentioned that a victory over San Mig would be a big morale-booster, given the young franchise’s desire to take small steps forward after winning just two games in the first two conferences.