SAN Miguel Beer tries to stick to its biggest strength this time as it squares off against upset-conscious Blackwater on Wednesday night in the Smart-Bro PBA Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
The Beermen, the defending all-Filipino conference champions poised for a repeat, got a wake-up call from Rain or Shine,which dealt them their first loss in three games, a 99-84 beating last Wednesday.
June Mar Fajardo may have come up with a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards, but the reigning league MVP was limited to just seven attempts as the Beermen fell in love with three-point shot to no avail as they made a paltry 7-of-35 clip or 20-percent shooting from long distance.
SMB coach Leo Austria hopes his team has realigned its priorities, on the top being Fajardo, followed by their shooters as Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot combined for an unacceptable 4-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc.
“Siya ang priority namin,” Beermen coach Leo Austria said of the 6-foot-10 center. “He’s really our main man. Lahat sa kanya nag-uumpisa.”
Fajardo is expected to have a field day against an Elite side that’s lacking a legitimate star big man, with a frontcourt featuring Jason Ballesteros JP Erram, and James Sena.
The Elite seek to figure out how to hurt the Beermen in other ways instead as the sophomore squad hopes for an encore performance after stunning contender Meralco, 92-90, behind Carlo Lastimosa’s last-gasp basket.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in a matchup coming shortly after the tussle between sister teams Talk ‘N Text (1-1) and the Bolts (0-2) at 4:15 p.m.