​After the Beermen lost against the Fuel Masters, there were fears regarding the title hopes of SMB. Maybe the fatigue of aiming for a championship was starting to get to them. It may be time to let go of some of the Beermen’s aging stars in place of younger weapons.
A couple of games after, all those doubts have been crushed.
San Miguel’s dominance continued as the Beermen beat the GlobalPort Batang Pier in a tightly contested ball game. It was hyped up to be a battle between BPC favorites Junemar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo, but it was a former MVP who shone the most.
Arwind Santos put up 31 points on an efficient 10/17 shooting clip to lead the Beermen. He also managed to grab 10 rebounds, helping the cause of the Beermen. It was San Miguel’s big guns who showed the way, with Marcio Lassiter scoring 22 points and Junemar Fajardo putting up his usual 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Even though the Beermen didn’t have Alex Cabagnot in this one, the rest of the SMB backcourt still managed to muster up enough energy to slow down scoring dynamo Terrence Romeo. The FEU product scored a meager 16 points on a 4/14 shooting line. Stanley Pringle provided ample support with a 21-point performance, but it wasn’t enough to catapult GlobalPort to a win against the reigning Philippine Cup champions.
As the games roll on, teams will look to beat the Beermen for the Philippine Cup title. But with a deep talent pool and possibly the most dominant force Philippine Basketball has had, that goal of other teams is one that will require a ton of work.