SMB guns for solo lead

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San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria warned his wards not to be complacent when they face the Mahindra Enforcers in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup today at the Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen are aiming for the solo lead.

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The Beermen vs Enforcers clash is set at the 7 p.m. after the 4:15 pm first game between the GlobalPort Batang Pier and the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Road Warriors.

San Miguel Beer is presently sharing the top spot with Alaska and Rain or Shine that are also carrying a similar 6-1 win-loss records.

“We cannot be complacent against Mahindra because they have nothing to lose if we beat them, but they have a lot to gain once they upset us,” Austria told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Wednesday.”

The Beermen are looking forward to stretch their winning streak to five when they battle the Enforcers.

“It was really tough playing against Mahindra. We lost twice against them last year,” added Austria, who will lean on 6’10 June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter, among others. “We just have to play defense against them and limit their players in scoring.”

The Enforcers, with a 2-5 win-loss record, are expected to bank on the prowess of LA Revilla, Karl Dehesa, veteran Eddie Laure, Mark Yee, Nino “KG” Canaleta, Aldrech Ramos and Hyram Bagatsing.

GlobalPort and NLEX, both carrying 4-3 win-loss records are aiming for win No. 5 when they clash against each other in the opening game.

The Batang Pier routed the Blackwater Elite last Saturday, 120-105, behind Terrence Romeo’s 26 points and Stanley Pringle’s 17 points. Meanwhile, the Road Warriors, headed by Paul Asi Tau¬lava, are aiming to bounce back after losing to the Alaska Aces 89-81, last week.

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