With the loss against Talk ‘N Text bringing them down to 5th place, the San Miguel Beermen need to win almost every game going forward for a chance at the 4 twice-to-beat spots, especially with multiple teams having only lost once so far. They get probably their easiest assignment this conference in facing a young squad in the Globalport Batang Pier. But as we all know, things don’t always come easy for the Beermen. With that, let us look at what they need to do to secure a W.

Keys to the Game

Make it tough for Lowhorn

San Miguel will go up against a familiar face in Dior Lowhorn, who was tapped by Globalport to replace Leroy Hickerson. He fills the same void he did last year for Ginebra, a steady post presence. He had a solid outing in his last game: 33 points on 63.6 percent FG% and 16 rebounds (5 offensive) in 44 minutes of action. He is another one of those physical imports that San Miguel has been having trouble defending so far. He will likely be too big and strong for Arwind Santos, who is usually tasked to defend opposing imports. Instead, it will be up to June Mar Fajardo to challenge him in the paint. No matter who is guarding Lowhorn, it is important to make it difficult for him to score, whether that means pushing him out, forcing him to take jumpers or throwing constant double teams at him.

Can the Beermen make life hard for Lowhorn or will it be the other way around? (Photo Credit: Jerome Ascano, Spin.ph)

Can the Beermen make life hard for Lowhorn or will it be the other way around? (Photo Credit: Jerome Ascano, Spin.ph)

Watch the support

Despite being a somewhat inexperienced team, there are several rookies and veterans the Beermen have to look out for. In particular, they have to make sure that first year player Terrence Romeo, and former Beermen Alex Cabagnot and Jay Washington don’t get hot from the field.


Alex Cabagnot

39.0 19.5 49.2% 5.8 3.5 4.5 1.5

Terrence Romeo

32.2 14.7 41.7% 7.7 3.0 1.7 2.0

Jay Washington

35.3 12.0 43.3% 3.8 5.5 3.0 1.3

Aside from their import, these 3 have been the driving force of Globalport. Cabagnot in particular has been having a great season, leading the locals in scoring and assists while shooting well from the field. It seems he has gone back to his pre-Petron/Coca-Cola days. Romeo has been continuing a solid rookie season while Washington always has that ability to start knocking shots down (he had 20+ points in their last encounter despite). They have to challenge them outside the arc as well as preventing them from generating free throws inside the paint. Lowhorn will get his points but San Miguel has to make sure that the locals don’t contribute as much.

Local Shots

San Miguel’s locals have to make shots from behind the arc. You can look at their team percentage and think they’re okay but if you look closer, Reggie Williams is really the only one shooting well.

3PT% w/ Williams


3PT% w/0 Williams


They are shooting above league average and just about where they were last conference when they were second in the league. But take away Williams’ 56.1 percent clip and they fall almost 10 percentage points and below league average. The breakdown looks like this:

3PM 3PA 3PT%

Marcio Lassiter

4 10 40.0%

Ronald Tubid

6 18 33.3%

Arwind Santos

4 14 28.6%

Chris Lutz

4 15 26.7%

Chris Ross

2 10 20.0%

Sol Mercado

2 12 16.7%

If they can’t make their outside shots, it makes opposing defenses collapse in the paint, limiting the ability of Fajardo, Lutz and Mercado to score inside the paint. Part of the problem is definitely personnel with their top 2 shooters from last conference still out (Lassiter and Hubalde). Tubid can’t have another 1-of-6 game as he is currently the only consistent floor spacer they have while the others have to be a little smarter with their shot selection.

Just have to knock down outside shots. (Photo Credit: Mark Cristino, PinoyExchange.com)

Just have to knock down outside shots. (Photo Credit: Mark Cristino, PinoyExchange.com)

Key Match-up

June Mar Fajardo vs. Dior Lowhorn

I don’t think things will get any easier for Fajardo at all as he will come face-to-face with an import. On the offensive side, he won’t encounter many problems as he can still score 15-20 points a game even if I’ve said that his post game has stagnated. It’s on the defensive end and the question of whether or not he can at least challenge Lowhorn. The last time he went up against a good low port scorer (Sonny Thoss), it didn’t go so well. It’s his chance to prove that his defense won’t be a problem for San Miguel.


As much as I would want one, I don’t expect a blowout to occur, especially since San Miguel just tends to make it difficult for themselves. I expect a great battle underneath, with the Beermen coming out on top and back on the win column.