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Austria believes SMB still a capable team but needs to figure out playing without Fajardo
by Reynald Magallon, February 07, 2020 3:13pm
San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria remained confident that the Beermen are still a capable team but insisted they need to find away to figure out how to play without June Mar Fajardo.
Fajardo suffered a complete fracture on his right tibia earlier this week and immediately underwent surgery ruling him out for the Philippine Cup. With the five-time MVP not around for the five straight Philippine Cup champions, Austria is looking at his other stars to take their games a notch higher.
"We have to find ways to have a good game plan, a different game plan. Kasi wala nga si June Mar e and alam naman natin na nagrerevolve ang players namin kay June Mar but now he's not around this coming season so I'm still hoping and confident that those players, they can compensate yung output ni June Mar," said Austria.
Austria said the Beermen have responded well so far after the injury of Fajardo and they're motivated to keep themselves competitive in the Philippine Cup. However, the Fajardo's injury left a gaping hole at the center position for the Beermen with Mo Tautuaa the only legitimate center in the team right now.
"Iba yung kinikilos nila, medyo iniisip nila na kailangan nila mag step up lalo na si Mo Tautuaa, he was really stepping up in the last two practices and I think he's also positive sa mga nakikita mo sa kanya, alam niya yung role na gagampanan nya ngayon is really huge para sa kanya, challenge for him," he added.
Austria admitted Fajardo was a huge loss to the team and the whole needs to have their share in filling in his shoes.
"Iba yung may June Mar eh, minsan ng anagiging complacent yung team kasi alam nila nobody can stop June Mar in a single coverage. but now we're trying to figure out and have a different game plan because walang June Mar," he said.
"Alam naman natin na maraming scorers sa team so I think we have to find ways kasi sabi ko ng still capable kami eh we have to regroup and we need to have every players play on the same page."
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