- San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria has disclosed that the team is not yet ready for the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup
- The lack of big men in their team is the main reason for the coach’s concerns
- Import AZ Reid is also worried about the team’s lack of focus and intensity during their training sessions
Leo Austria, the head coach of San Miguel Beermen, has admitted that his team is not yet well-prepared for the incoming PBA Governors’ Cup. The worried coach expressed his concerns about the absence of the team’s front court players.
“We’re not yet ready for the third conference. A lot of key players naming (a lot of our key players), especially the big man are not practicing with us. I’m a little bit worried with our situation,” said Austria.
Arwind Santos, Yancy de Ocampo and Gabby Espinas are still recovering from their injuries while June Mar Fajardo is still resting after playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the recent Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
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The Beermen will have to rely on JayR Reyes, reserve Michael Mabulac and import AZ Reid for their front court strength. Fortunately, Fajardo is scheduled for practice on Monday.
“Wala lang sya ngayon kasi talagang masakit yung pagkatalo ng Gilas and he’s taking his time to reflect. But I hope that by Monday siguro, naka-refocus na uli sya sa team namin,” Austria explained.
(He is not practicing with us right now because he is taking his time to reflect on the hurtful loss of Gilas. But I hope that by Monday, he will be refocused for our team.)
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Reid has also commented that he has noticed a lack of intensity during the Beermen’s practice sessions. He has urged his teammates to implement better practice habits, work a little harder, and to become more focused on getting better as a team.
However, the San Miguel team is still considered as a top contender for winning the Governors’ Cup title despite the lack of big men and the flaws in their practice habits.
“We’re missing the core, but we won’t make any excuses,” Reid promised. -DN, Kami Media
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