San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria wants his players to remember the upset axe Blackwater wielded at them when the reigning all-Filipino champions travel out of town for a crucial game on Saturday.
The Beermen (6-2) face Alaska (6-3) in the PBA Philippine Cup at Batangas City Coliseum at 5 p.m., as both teams hope to get win No. 7, close in on a place in the top 2, and secure the consequent twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.
"It's gonna be tougher from hereon and hindi kami pwede magpabaya. Ayaw namin ma-aggravate ang aming situation," Austria said in a story posted on the PBA website.
Two Fridays ago, JP Erram orchestrated Blackwater’s stunning 106-96 win against San Miguel, a result that momentarily cost the Beermen their grip of the top spot.
San Miguel eventually regained the solo lead in the standings, albeit by a slim margin, when Magnolia and Alaska lost in their respective games.
Those 3 teams and Rain Or Shine are the only squads with 3 losses or fewer, which means they have an inside track at that coveted top-2 berth.
Alaska coach Alex Compton has only superlatives to describe San Miguel, whom the Aces battled in the all-Filipino conference finals in 2015 and 2016.
"We are looking forward to a tremendous challenge in Batangas City, and we are hoping we will provide all of the fans with a game they will remember," Compton said.
"San Miguel is San Miguel. They are the best team in the league with the best lineup."
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