|San Miguel Beer knew she wouldn’t have enough time to enjoy winning as rapidly as she completed with Rain Or Shine Friday in her semifinals series. Because on Sunday, less than 48 hours after finishing off the Elasto Painters, the Beermen have to get ready for TNT for Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals at Araneta Coliseum.
“In practice, we’re going to have to find it out, see what we’re going to do,” said Chris McCullough, who is expected to match Terrence Jones, the favourite winner of the Best Import award. “I still don’t know the match-up. We’ll figure it out.” Not that TNT is more rested ; only by beating Barangay Ginebra, the KaTropa progressed on Thursday.
The reason the timetable is shortened is to allow teams called Gilas Pilipinas to catch up with national team preparations ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup starting on August 31. Game 2 of the finals will take place at the Big Dome on Wednesday, Game 3 on Friday, and Game 4 on August 11. When the 7-game series is expanded to the max, the last game will be on August 18. It took two games for TNT and San Miguel to move past the semifinals and four from the semis.
But the Beermen understand it faces a formidable adversary in the KaTropa, who finished in the elimination round with the No. 1 seed and dominated in the semifinals 2018 champion Barangay Ginebra. In their only session in the elimination round, TNT defeated San Miguel 110-97, but at the moment the Beermen had Chris Rhodes, not McCullough, who was crucial to the late-tournament run of his team.
According to Beermen coach Leo Austria, TNT will challenge his squad with NBA veteran Jones and an injury-free roster. “Talk N Text, after watching their game (Thursday night),
In the championship, they turned their team into another high-caliber team, “said Austria.” But we’ll see. We don’t have enough time to get ready, but we’re thankful that we’re in the finals. Let’s see what we can do, that’s the endings.