This Sunday, an embattled San Miguel Beermen face off against reigning champs Barangay San Miguel in the 2017 Governor’s Cup. While the conference is far from over, the game will be notable as the Beermen will be introducing their third import for this year, Terrence Watson, following last week’s introduction of Terik Bridgeman, who only managed to contribute 6 points over two games.
Having won the two previous conferences of 2017, the Beermen are clearly going all in for their Grand Slam bid: “If we get it, we’ll be compared to the likes of Ramon Fernandez and Hector Calma,” said Arwind Santos. ““If you have your place in history, even if you’re already old or already dead, that’s one of the things basketball fans will always remember.”
San Miguel Coach Leo Austria said that the decision to get a new import was part of an strategy to pair a big man with three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, saying, ““What we’re thinking is to have a player who can match up with the import of other teams like Justin Brownlee. What we want is somebody who an attack in the middle, shoot from the outside and who can bring down the ball…not a one-dimensional player.”
Watson, who played in the United States under the NCAA for the Ball State Cardinals, may very well be the multi-dimensional player the Beermen are hoping for as they continue their quest for a Grand Slam. Before signing on with the Beermen, he was known as a free agent who’s een playing time with teams in Iceland, Finland and Israel.
Import notwithstanding, San Miguel Guard Chris Ross is in high spirits; following their win against Rain or Shine two days ago, wherein the San Antonio native contributed 27 points to prevent a three-game losing streak, Ross told media, “We’re confident enough with the all-Filipino lineup that we have that we can go out there and compete.”
As Sunday draws near, all eyes will be on the Beermen to see just which prediction will come true.