“We have to adapt to the kind of basketball we play. That’s why we lost to Rain or Shine last conference because we don’t have the mental toughness,” exclaimed Coach Ravanes after an impressive showing by Boone that resulted to a sorry loss to Barako Bull in the preseason


SAN Miguel Beer had high hopes on import Josh Boone to bring back the Beermen back to its glory days.

But Boone admitted he's having a rough time adjusting in his first four days in Manila as he copes with a different time zone while preparing for two tough games beginning on Friday.


"It's rough, just rough because I'm still adjusting to the time more than anything," the 6-9 Boone told Spin.ph shortly after San Miguel dropped a 110-114 decision to Barako Bull in their tune-up game on Tuesday.

NBA Experience
The 29-year-old American is a legitimate NBA veteran and easily the most impressive import to come in for the mid-season PBA Commissioner's Cup, at least on paper after several teams tapped unknown and unproven imports.
Boone was the 23rd overall pick by New Jersey in the NBA’s 2006 rookie draft, playing four seasons with the Nets where he averaged a career-high 8.2 points and 7.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes during his sophomore season.
A member of the University of Connecticut Huskies that won the 2004 US NCAA championship over Georgia Tech, Boone owned an NBA career average of 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.5 minutes through 256 games.

Rough Performance
Boone was unimpressive in his first tune-up game against Barako Bull where he scored just 16 points while being badly outclassed by unknown import Joshua Dollard, who dropped 41 points on the Beermen.
He admitted his body still adjusting to the humidity and the 13-hour difference from New York and vowed to get the rest he needed and be ready for his PBA debut against Meralco on Friday and a succeeding game on Sunday against Ginebra.
Boone also pointed out that his forte is not much scoring but rebounding and defense.
"I definitely saw some good things in the team, while also individually, I think we're heading towards the right direction," said Boone. "Defensively, that's really my strong point like rebounding the ball as well as scoring around the rim and in the post a little bit."
Still, the jury is still out on Boone since he is coming off a year-long layoff due to a knee injury he sustained after playing just two games for the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League last year.

Ravanes Unhappy With San Miguel

Head coach Biboy Ravanes was unhappy on San Miguel's performance in their first game with Ravanes.

Ravanes on Tuesday was not satisfied due to the team's lack of toughness after the newly-look Beermen blew a double-digit lead in a 110-114 loss to Barako Bull in a tune-up game.
“Iyung system kasi, almost the same lang naman (from the Philippine Cup). May dagdag lang na couple more of plays, pero halos pareho lang ng last conference,” Ravanes, who succeeded Gee Abanilla, exclaimed.
“Pero iyung toughness, I want them (Beermen) to play tough kasi hindi puwedeng reklamo ng reklamo na lang,” he added.
Ravanes' Toughness
Ravanes, a defensive specialist during his playing years spent with Alaska and San Miguel, can only hope his defensive mindset will rub off on the Beermen in the coming PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The longtime Petron assistant coach also said the Beermen need to be tougher, blaming their recent semifinal loss to Rain or Shine in the season-opening Philippine Cup to lack of mental toughness.
“We have to adapt to the kind of basketball we play. That’s why we lost to Rain or Shine last conference because we don’t have the mental toughness,” lamented Ravanes. 
The new San Miguel coach is hopeful incoming import Boone could fit into his defense-oriented system.
“Iyung quickness niya (Boone), 'yung mobility niya, 'yun ang madadala niya sa team. Kaya lang medyo nag-a-adjust pa siya sa physicality inside,” said Ravanes.

--- with reports from Spin.ph

“We have to adapt to the kind of basketball we play. That’s why we lost to Rain or Shine last conference because we don’t have the mental toughness,” exclaimed Coach Ravanes after an impressive showing by Boone that resulted to a sorry loss to Barako Bull in the preseason “We have to adapt to the kind of basketball we play. That’s why we lost to Rain or Shine last conference because we don’t have the mental toughness,” exclaimed Coach Ravanes after an impressive showing by Boone that resulted to a sorry loss to Barako Bull in the preseason Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/04/2014 Rating: 5

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