San Miguel's loss to TNT due to lack of chemistry, not of import change, says consultant Todd Purves



San Miguel Beer is being criticize by fans for choosing Kevin Jones over Josh Boone following a succumbing 107-99 loss to 
the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters last Friday night.

But team consultant Todd Purves defended Jones and pointed out that the lack of chemistry led to the first blemish on the Beermen’s record.


“June Mar came back today and Kevin played his first game. They haven’t had the chance to play together until today. We need to continuously work on our chemistry so we can get these guys involved,” said Purves.

Unlike in their first two games, the Beermen struggled early against Talk ‘N Text, trailing by as much as 19 points before rallying in the fourth quarter but still they can't cope up with TNT's import Richard Howell scoring barrage.

The hulking Howell scored 14 of his game-high 38 points in the final period and was fired up after coach Norman Black's ejection. 

It was the first defeat for the Beermen in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup, leaving fans to wonder whether the loss was a result of the import change.

Boone's Solid Output

San Miguel Beer’s original import and NBA veteran Josh Boone was solid in the team’s first two blowout victories.

But still the Beermen choose to replace him with Jones.

Jones' Debut

The former Cleveland Cavaliers' Jones had a stellar debut, finishing with 35 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks.

But Purves said there’s much work to be done when it comes to bringing Jones into the San Miguel Beer system.

“Statistically, I really don’t expect more. I’m not concerned about the number of points or rebounds. It’s a matter of chemistry,” said Purves.

Jones, for his part, had fun in his first PBA game.

“I enjoyed it except for the losing part. I was wishing I could’ve come out with a win,” he said.

“But I know as I keep on playing, our bond and our chemistry will get stronger.”

Fajardo's ReturnThe Best Player of the Conference awardee in the Philippine Cup Fajardo, meanwhile, had a much more quiet return after missing the first two games due to injury.

The University of Cebu standout scored just seven points and grabbed nine rebounds in 22 minutes of limited action.

“We’ll give him some time to get back and make sure we’re taking care of him as a person more than an athlete and not rushing him back,” said Purves.

We'll see in San Miguel's next games if the import change benefits them more.

--- with reports from Sport5.ph

San Miguel's loss to TNT due to lack of chemistry, not of import change, says consultant Todd Purves San Miguel's loss to TNT due to lack of chemistry, not of import change, says consultant Todd Purves Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/15/2014 Rating: 5

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