The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for a head-to-head championship round Game 2 against the TNT KaTropa at 7:00 P.M. on August 7, 2019 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
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The KaTropa has taken the series opener with a convincing victory and they’re looking for a commanding 2-0 lead while the Beermen don’t want to get buried as they’re eyeing for a 1-all when the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals resumes this evening at the Big Dome.
As expected, Game 1 was a physical match though the final score ended with a blowout in favor of Talk ‘N Text.
It was seen a what they called changing faces between TNT import Terrence Jones and SMB guard Chris Ross. There’s one instance that Jones elbowed Ross unintentionally where the multiple Defensive Player of the Year awardee got knocked off to the floor of the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I guess he (Ross) felt I was on him or something,” said the former member of the Houston Rockets. “I tried to help him up to let him know that it was not intentional, but he didn’t want my help. It’s the playoffs.”
That style of game is once again expected from both protagonists this evening in Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Probably one of the strategies of San Miguel for them to tie the series is to decide where to focus their defense. Are they going to limit the scoring production of Talk ‘N Text import or shutdown the locals’ support?
It’s like coach Leo Austria should select which pill they will swallow in Game 2.
“Kung papipiliin ka gusto mo ba umiskor si Terrence Jones ng more than 50 points and at the same time, off ang mga locals? Dapat ganun. Sa Game One maganda ang laro ni Jones, maganda pa laro ng locals,” said Beermen team captain Arwind Santos.
“Kailangan hindi dapat ganun ang mangyari. Kung ma-off namin import, okay lang maganda laro ng local. Kung ma-off namin local, dapat ‘yung import, hindi na. Mamimili kami sa side na ‘yun,” Santos added.