Aug 04, 2018

Balkman guarantees San Miguel will bounce back in Game 5

A different San Miguel Beermen will show up for Sunday's Game 5, according to Renaldo Balkman.

The Puerto Rican import said the team is very disappointed after getting blown off in Game 4 and can't wait to redeem itself.

The Beermen absorbed a 130-110 crushing from the Kings Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, continuing a strange trend in the series that saw all four games ending with lopsided margins.

Though disappointed after finishing with just 14 points and 11 rebounds and figuring in a heated exchange with Ginebra's Joe Devance at halftime, Balkman is keeping a positive approach heading into the crucial stretch of the series.

"We're okay. We're on a great spot and we got a game on Sunday," said Balkman.

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"I guarantee that we'll come out hard on Sunday, trust me. Y'all can mark my words on that, guarantee," he added.

San Miguel was put in a tough predicament early on when Ginebra raced to a 17-0 start behind LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter before Justin Brownlee proved his worth as the winner of the Best Import award by collecting 37 points on 15-of-18 shooting.

On the other hand, Beermen guards Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross, who made game-turning plays in the last two matches, made just 5-of-19 attempts to combined for just 15 points.

"They started off on fire and we started with low energy. That's what happened," Balkman said. "We played catch-up the whole game, we never caught up and it turned out to be a loss."(JT)