Feb 08, 2023

From mere escape, Beermen brace for another tough test vs Bolts

EVEN with all the great skills and talents in their team, San Miguel Beer coach Jorge Gallent said they have to be on the same page and play as a unit if they're to achieve their goal.

Gallent hopes the Beermen to embrace that thought as he expects tough tests in the next few days, starting with their face-off with the Meralco Bolts Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

And he wants the Beermen to be reminded that they barely survived the Magnolia Hotshots, 100-98, the last time out.

"As I always said, we have to play as a unit to progress offensively," said Gallent after the escape act that nonetheless preserved their clean record.

"We struggled with our offense in the first half because we weren't playing defense. We also weren't reversing the ball and we're just playing one-on-one," Gallent also said.

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The Beermen may really have to stay on their toes as they take on the Bolts, followed by their duels with the rampaging Converge FiberXers, the NorthPort Batang Pier then against PBA Commissioner's Cup and Governors' Cup titleholder Barangay Ginebra Kings.

And they surely can't look past the Bolts, who will always be a dangerous foe against anybody with talented import KJ McDaniels.

From a stinging 96-88 loss to Terrafirma, McDaniels and the Bolts vented their ire on the Blackwater Bossing, pulling off an emphatic 125-99 triumph to jack up their record to 3-1.

Allein Maliksi sizzled with six triples and a total of 30 points McDaniels fired 24 markers including four three-pointers while Aaron Black rifled in 19 points to lead the Bolts scoring parade.

Anjo Caram and Chris Newsome also tossed in double-digit outputs in a big win that they hope to serve as a springboard in a bid to pull one over the Beermen.

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It could well be a battle. (SB)