EVERYTHING seems to be going right for San Miguel Beer these days. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing the Beermen can improve on in their PBA Governors’ Cup campaign.
The league’s hottest team tries to tighten its defensive screws as it seeks to secure a twice-to-beat edge in the postseason, taking on a struggling Talk ‘N Text side on Tuesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
The Beermen are on a six-game winning streak, but their latest victory, a 96-92 decision of NLEX last Friday, bared there’s plenty of work to be done after they allowed the Road Warriors to shoot 46 percent (37-of-81) from the field, three percent higher than what they shot.
“We just got to play hard and play better defense,” said SMB import AZ Reid, whose team is running second with a 6-2 win-loss card, just half-a-game behind surprise leader Barako Bull.
Personally, the hardworking American forward is having a more conscious effort to enhance his shot selection after he took 32 attempts – making just 12 – to reach his game-high 30 points against the Road Warriors.
“I have to do a better job executing my shots and making my shots, and focusing more on getting better shots for the team,” said Reid, who has been drawing ample support from the locals led by Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo.
Indeed, the Beermen have to be at their best when they tangle against a Tropang Texters side that’s built its own streak - unfortunately - on the losing end with a rare three-game skid, the latest an 88-73 loss to Rain or Shine last Saturday in Bacolod.
That makes the Commissioner’s Cup champions, who have fallen at the lower half of the 12-team standings with a 3-4 slate, aching to get back on the winning track and revive their own postseason bid.