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Beermen left frustrated, embarrassed after blowout loss to NorthPort

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San Miguel Beermen get off to disastrous start (3:28)

The San Miguel Beermen began their Commissioner's Cup campaign with a disastrous 121-88 loss to NorthPort. It was San Miguel's worst loss in eight years. (3:28)

On Wednesday, the San Miguel Beermen suffered one of their worst losses ever in the June Mar Fajardo era, a 121-88 decision against NorthPort at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

From the utility to the players, to the coaching staff and team officials, everyone was just upset with how things went in their first game.

"We're so frustrated with what happened tonight because we never learn from this kind of situation. Every time we win a championship, at the start of the (succeeding) conference, we're struggling," Austria said after the match.

"But I think this is the worst loss we had. It's obvious. We're not in the game, low energy, I think we're not in shape."

The returning Charles Rhodes, who led the team to the championship in the same conference two years ago, shared the same sentiment.

"It was just very disappointing. Like, my first game back and we get blown out like that, it's just very disappointing. Probably like my worst loss ever as a pro -- has to be," the hulking import said.

"It was just very embarrassing just to see like there was no energy, everybody wasn't playing hard."

If there's any consolation, it's that the mighty Beermen felt the sense of urgency to get into tip-top form early this conference.

"But we're professionals, so I'm pretty sure we going to come out next game and play harder. I think this is just a slap in everybody's face that we got to do better in practice and in the game and just be into it more," Rhodes said.

Reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo echoed Rhodes' statement. But they are bracing for an even tougher competition when they face former NBA player Terrence Jones and TNT KaTropa next game.

"We need to bounce back right away because this is a very short conference. Every win counts," he said.

"We need to play as a team against TNT. That's our only chance of winning. In all our games we all need to step up."

The Beermen, though, will still be missing several key players against the KaTropa, including starting guard Chris Ross, who is recovering from a torn meniscus and shoulder he suffered during the playoffs of the Philippine Cup.

Ross said he suffered a torn meniscus on his knee in Game Five of the semifinals against Phoenix, while hurting his shoulder in the deciding match in the finals.

The Beermen went on to capture their fifth straight All-Filipino championship, but it came with a price for Ross.

The cat-quick guard was not given the green light to play on Wednesday.

"If it was a playoff game I could've played but the coaches advised me to rest and see how it feels," Ross said.

"I could've played (Wednesday), I try to play through as many injuries as I can. I want to play next game, let's see what the coaches say."

Ross was supposed to undergo surgery. But that meant he could miss the entire elimination round, so he is taking a rain check on that.

"Supposedly surgery but if I want to get surgery I probably would've missed the whole elims. So I figured I could do it after this conference," he said.

Emulating Marvel superhero Wolverine, Ross said he's trying to heal on his own.

"I told the guys to call me Logan, you know who Logan is? Wolverine. Call me Logan," he said.

His injury added to the woes of the Beermen, who are also missing key players in Terrence Romeo and the suspended Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid.