San Miguel Beer hopes the arrival of Jordanian reinforcement Mahmoud Abdeen will give the team the added backcourt depth as the Beermen try to lock down one of the top two seeds for the playoffs.
Already deep in terms of talent, the Beermen coaching staff saw the need to tap an Asian import to allow defensive guard Chris Ross to fully heal from his torn meniscus.
And coach Leo Austria could only hope their latest move won’t hurt their cause as they battle the league’s top dog TNT in Batangas for a crucial tiff to secure a twice-to-beat advantage.
“It’s a must-win for both teams, and it will be hard playing TNT with their current standing,” Austria told FOX Sports in their 5 p.m. clash on Saturday.
Managing his expectations over the debuting Abdeen, the multi-titled mentor wants nothing short of extraordinary on replacement import Mike Singletary, who had a decent stats line in his first outing.
“I hope meron pa siyang (Singletary) ilalabas, kinakapa pa niya yung team eh, pero he’s playing as a team player,” he said.
Aside from adjusting to their two imports now, the Beermen are keen in toughening up against a well-oiled Katropa offense led by Jayson Castro and Syrian gunner Michel Madanly.
“Anytime he (Castro) could score 30 or 40, but we could not focus only on him because they are playing well as a team,” said Austria. – Jason Mercene
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