The San Miguel Beermen had a lackadaisical night and paid dearly for it, getting upset by the Saigon Heat, 66-63, in Saturday ASEAN Basketball League action at the Ynares Arena.
The Beermen suffered their fourth loss in 14 games, which snapped their five-game winning streak. They remained in second place in the standings behind the AirAsia Philippine Patriots, who tote a 10-2 win-loss record.
San Miguel coach Bobby Parks was disappointed with the effort his players put on even prior to the game.
“I’ve been preaching all week long to the guys to prepare and prepare for this game but we didn’t have a serious practice,” said Parks. “Like I said, anybody can beat anybody in this league.”
Jahmar Thorpe and Jonathan Jones took control with a combined effort of 43 points to lead the Heat to their fourth win in 11 games which included a one-point victory over third-placer Westport Malaysia Dragons just two weeks ago.
The Heat led by as much as 10 points but held on to the win after the Beermen missed crucial opportunities that would have given them control of the game.
San Miguel only converted six-of-30 from three-point range but Froilan Baguion tied the game with a triple for a 63-63 tie with 1:11 remaining in the game.
Leo Avenido, however, muffed a three-on-one fastbreak that would have given the Beermen the lead on their next offensive play. San Miguel also could not secure the rebound after Rob Sanz, Jones and Thorpe combined for only two-of-six from the line that gave the Heat a 66-63 lead with 8.1 seconds in the game.
“You miss a three-on-one fastbreak and give up offensive rebounds, you can’t expect to win a game,” said Parks.
After Thorpe halved his trip to the free throw line for a three-point lead, Froilan Baguion failed to convert the three-pointer as time expired.
Dalron Johnson and Avenido tallied 17 points each for the Beermen.
The Heat had a 6-0 start to the third quarter and Thorpe drilled a three-pointer to put Saigon ahead, 44-34.
San Miguel went ahead with 12 straight points on a putback by John Ferriols, 46-44, but a four-point swing allowed Saigon to take a, 48-46, entering the fourth canto.