The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 5:00 P.M. on November 9, 2019 live from the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
The Beermen wanted to reclaim their position inside the top-four while the Elasto Painters will make their final push to boost their playoffs chances when the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup resumes in Cebu.
The grand slam seeking San Miguel needed an extra five minutes for them to seal the deal versus the Blackwater Elite last Wednesday.
One of the areas why they had the difficulty in defeating the struggling Elite was that they played All-Filipino against a newly tweaked roster of their opponent.
SMB head coach Leo Austria wanted to avoid a similar situation as they flew to Cebu as their original import this conference told them that he’s unable to suit up on Saturday’s match.
“(Dez) Wells told us he can’t play on Saturday so we got a backup (replacement). We can’t afford to play without an import for the second game,” said Austria.
The Beermen will parade a new import this afternoon. The name is John Holland, a former NBA player who had a stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers will be San Miguel’s new foreign hire.
For Rain or Shine, though there’s a slim chance for them to proceed to the second round of the conference, yet, head coach Caloy Garcia seems like he felt that his team is heading to the exit doors. Yet, he wanted a graceful third conference goodbye.
“We’ll try to get our last two games, para at least maganda ang exit namin,” said Garcia.
ROS made four import changes this year’s Governors’ Cup, yet, picking up victories were too difficult for them.
“He (Richard Davis Ross) played well. I think if he came in early, baka iba yung marating namin. He’s a good import,” said Garcia.