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The Slammers stole all the headlines last Thursday when they opened the 2013 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Playoffs with a road win at the highly fancied Beermen.
San Miguel are the top ranked team in the ABL this year with a 19-3 regular season record and were not expected to fall to a 62-60 loss at home in Game 1 when the two teams met.
However, in true San Miguel fashion, they responded on Saturday by destroying the Thais in the Philippines in Game 2 by 31 points to win 91-60 and level the best-of-five Semi-final series.
And with Game 3 ready to tip-off in Thailand on Tuesday, you might be forgiven for suggesting the Slammers will face a difficult task in picking themselves up after such a heavy defeat.
You'd be wrong - at least that's the feeling from Slammers' star import Chris Charles.
"We are still going to come out and fight no matter what the score was in Game 2," Charles told FOX Sports.
"With the exception of the last game, the matches that we lost against the Beermen were by a small margin.
"Our team morale has not wavered. We are excited about playing in Bangkok. We understand the calibre of this team and will come out on our home court playing hard."
The Beermen have won all four of their regular season meetings with the Slammers but it was only by an average of just nine points.
Already in Game 1, coach Bryant's men showed that if they put in a total team effort in crashing the boards against the bigger Beermen and get their normal point production from Charles, they can certainly upset the odds in their favour.
Charles averaged 19.7 points per game in the regular season and had 24 points in their Game 1 victory, but only managed nine points in the blowout loss.
"We need to play with high energy from the get go. We cannot afford to be trailing by double digits early in the game," Slammers coach Bryant said.
"It's the little things that make the difference. We have to make our free throws, limit SMB's second chance points and our turnovers."
Numbers were down across the board for the Slammers from Game 1 to Game 2 but one of the more startling statistic for the Thais was that they were outrebounded 43-32 by the Filipinos who also outscored them by 16 in points in the paint.
"Rebounding is huge. In the first game everyone was aggressive on the boards, even our guards went for rebounds and had hands on loose balls," Charles said.
"We have to try and replicate that. With their three bigs on the glass and good shooters, we cannot afford to give them second chance points."
The Slammers have stolen home court advantage in the series with Games 3 and 4 set for Thailand this week but they will need to have a better shooting percentage playing in front of their fans to progress to the ABL Finals.
During the first two games in the series, the Slammers were held to 36% shooting and only averaged 61 points.