By Miguel La Torre
After letting the series opener slipped away, Rain or Shine tries to equalize with a win in Game 2 against San Miguel Beer in their best-of-five semifinal series on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Elasto Painters did an outstanding job in silencing five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo after limiting him to just nine points in 25 minutes of action.
But Fil-German Christian Standhardinger stepped up for the Beermen as he torched Rain or Shine with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field as San Miguel Beer came back from a 13-point deficit to steal Game 1, 111-105.
Without Marcio Lassiter, who suffered an MCL injury, Beermen mentor Leo Austria knew the waterloo in their system despite the win.
“Without Marcio, they could gamble and double June Mar. They were able to zone the post,” Austria said.
Rain or Shine, which was beefed up with the return of veteran star James Yap and Ed Daquioag, admitted its mistakes that led them to surrender the huge lead to the defending Philippine Cup champion.
“We need to stop turning the ball over. You can’t turn the ball over to a powerhouse team like San Miguel because will take advantage of your mistakes,” said Elasto Painters veteran center Beau Belga.
“If you turn the ball over, they’re gonna make either an easy basket or a three-point shot,” he added.
Belga, who helped in limiting the production of Fajardo in Game 1, said all is not lost and he still likes their chances in the series.
“We limited June Mar but we completely forgot Christian. Going to the next game, we’ll make adjustment again. That’s the good thing about the series. If you lose, you adjust,” said Belga. “If we were able to lead them by 13, I’m certain we can beat them.”
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