Austria admits SMB lost discipline in Game 1 meltdown v Ginebra

Leo Austria admitted San Miguel Beer didn’t have the discipline to follow its game plan, which led to the Beermen’s 115-108 loss to Barangay Ginebra at the start of their PBA Governors Cup semifinals on Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

While the Beermen dictated the tempo for nearly three quarters, Austria noted how they started to rely more on individual talent, which hastened their downfall in the series-opening game.

“We’re not disciplined enough to execute our plays,” Austria told media men, after emerging from the dugout.

“In the first half, we were able to get the ball to June Mar and we were executing well, and many things had happened.  But in the endgame, because everybody wants to win, then nagkakaroon ng time na parang ‘I’ll take the shot,’” he added.

Import Elijah Millsap led the Beermen with 29 points, but the former Utah Jazz was just 2-of-10 from three-point zone.

On the other hand, two-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo had 25 points, but Austria felt the team’s top big man could have had more touches if the Beermen just patiently executed their plays.

The three-time PBA champion coach also noted how much they were outplayed by Ginebra’s bench players as evidenced by the lopsided 39-5 advantage by the Kings.

San Miguel’s starters of Fajardo, Millsap, Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos played heavy minutes in Game One, logging in 37 minutes or more as they carried the scoring brunt for the defending champion.

“Their players off the bench scored a lot compared sa amin so I think we have to include some players in the rotation because tonight, we only used eight players,” he said.

“I didn’t notice that kasi ayaw ko bumitaw sa game kasi nagma-ma match up kami. But maybe sa next game will be a different situation for us.”

San Miguel will try to equalize the series at one apiece when the Beermen and Ginebra clash anew on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. – Richard Dy

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