The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 3 against the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters at 6:30 P.M. on June 25, 2017 in Smart Araneta Coliseum.
If Game 1 ended with a close score, the story of Game 2 was different as the Beermen pinned down KaTropa by a big margin. The score was 102-88 and the series is now converted to a best-of-five series.
Talk ‘N Text looked very sharp in their opening quarter with a 17-0 run during their last outing. It seems that the squad of coach Nash Racela was on the way of taking home the bacon and register a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Beermen.
Anthony Semerad appears like a local version of Klay Thompson as he was automatic from the three-point land during that TNT stretch. He was able to pick up his confidence in his shooting as he was able to convert three long bombs.
However, in the second quarter the tides of momentum slowly shifted to the Beermen side. Coach Leo Austria unleashed his needed adjustment and swarmed Joshua Smith with SMB defenders each time he received the ball.
Apart from Smith defense adjustment, the San Miguel Beermen coach utilized several players from his bench which he rarely used especially in the Finals. David Semerad (the twin brother of Anthony Semerad of TNT) was the beneficiary of that adjustment as he was seen playing inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum for more than 15 minutes.
“We’re trying to get a good chemistry. I need all of them. If one is not performing well, the others should step up. I hope we can sustain doing that,” said Austria.
RR Pogoy who was at his best game of his PBA career in the first game of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals was held scoreless. Not only that, he was also got ejected at 8:39 mark of the third quarter due to a technical foul.
Pogoy got slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2 after hitting Arwind Santos below the belt. That action costs him a hefty 30,000 pesos.
“Galit na galit na galit na galit ako, ba’t niya ginawa yun, FEU pa naman siya,” said Santos, hit while airborne with Pogoy at his back.
“Di ko na maalala kung ano yung pinagsasabi ko e. Talagang ang init ng ulo ko kanina. Isang ulo yung tinamaan niya e, alam mo yun? Lalake pa naman tayo, ayaw natin tinatamaan yung mga ganun. Panlaban natin yun. Alam niyo yan, di ba?” Santos continued.