San Miguel stumbled to back-to-back losses early in its quest to snare all of the three crowns of PBA Season 44.
The Beermen, who earlier ruled the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup, started out the third and last conference like a house on fire, winning its first four games before losing to sister team and 2017 Governors’ Cup titlists Brgy. Ginebra.
The powerhouse team enjoyed some sort of relief after winning over Columbian but fell to the Christian Standhardinger-powered NorthPort and then were blown off the court by Meralco.
“What is lacking in our team, we’re so complacent because of our good start and they thought it’s easy to win,” said Austria after the Beermen dropped to 5-3 following the team’s 26-point loss to the Bolts.
“I told them we should not dwell on the last two championships because a lot of teams right now are playing well and they have very good imports,” he added.
The former PBA player felt that his charges were simply going through the motions and not exerting enough effort which was very evident during the last 2 games.
“We have to continue competing. because the problem in our last games, we are just playing, we are not competing. I told them we should start, we have to act together especially in practice,” said the 8-time PBA champion mentor.
“There’s a lot of people expecting a lot more from us and that’s not our game. We should get back to the way we played in the playoffs, and the way we play right now is not like we’re looking for another championship.”