Grand slam-seeking San Miguel Beer and TNT rekindle their rivalry when they collide for the first time in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Although both squads spent longer period recovering physically since figuring in a hotly-contested Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the Beermen and the Katropa managed to kick off their respective title bids this conference by winning over their opponents.
The Beermen flashed their old, fiery form behind hulking import Wendell McKines to hammer winless Blackwater Elite, 118-93.
On the other hand, the Katropa erected a huge lead before holding off the Kia Picanto’s late-game rally to win, 106-96.
San Miguel coach Leo Austria is happy to see his team come out firing from the start against Blackwater, which allowed the starters to rest during their lopsided win.
“I think this is our best start (since coming off a championship). I’m proud of my players because despite the long break, yung iba extended pa, makikita mo pa rin na sharp sila,” said a beaming Austria.
San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo, along with TNT’s Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy will be at the forefront of their team’s bid for a second straight, before eventually reporting full time at Gilas,
which is scheduled to leave this Saturday for the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.
The match up between McKines and TNT’s own barrel-chested import Michael Craig will be interesting as well.
Craig debuted in the PBA with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, while McKines, now in his third PBA team after suiting up before for Alaska and Rain or Shine, scored 19 points, 12 boards and five dimes in his first game with the Beermen.
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