Biñan, Laguna — Different coach, same mission.
Comebacking reinforcement Elijah Millsap relished playing for the San Miguel franchise anew to complete his unfinished business, this time under the tutelage of veteran mentor Leo Austria.
Millsap sees no problem with adjusting to Austria’s system now after playing for then-head coach and currently team manager Gee Abanilla back in 2013, where they fell short against San Mig Cofee Mixers (now Star Hotshots).
“(We are also doing) some of the same things that we did under coach Gee. He was here also back then so it was a lot more comfortable playing with San Miguel,” said Millsap after his debut game where the Beermen escaped then lowly Blackwater, 107-101, on Sunday at Alonte Sports Center.
Coming in as a late replacement for Mike Singletary, Millsap, managed to join the team for about three practices prior to San Miguel’s last game in the eliminations.
But the younger brother of Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap quickly showcased his scoring prowess right from the get go, pouring 12 of his game-high 25 points in the first half.
“Surprisingly I played better than I thought I would,” he said.
Fresh from his Maccabi Tel Aviv duty im Israel, Millsap gears to blend more with the team heading to the playoffs.
“It’s a nice tune-up game (for the playoffs). (I) Just need to be better on the defensive end, got to figure things out going to the playoffs and go play what we got to play,” he said. – By Jason Mercene
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