Aug 07, 2020

Pessumal still has a lot to offer for SMB

VON Pessumal may have won a couple of championships with San Miguel Beer, but the four-year wingman believes he has a lot more to offer in his PBA career.

Asked to rate from 1 to 10 his journey in the pro league so far, the 27-year-old Beerman casually said he's currently halfway through the mark.

"Five lang siguro ako. I think individually I can improve more," said Pessumal. "Nasa halfway ako kasi suwerte ako that I won a couple of championships, simply because ang lakas ng team ko."

The Ateneo alumnus is part of San Miguel's second unit behind the starting five of Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos, and six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.

But despite coming off the bench, Pessumal played a big part in the Beermen's last three championships, including a record fifth straight Philippine Cup title.

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He had his finest stint with San Miguel last season when he averaged 6.8 points while averaging 13.2 minutes per game on a high 39 percent clip from three-point range.

Pessumal's improved showing earned him a nomination for the Mr. Quality Minutes Award of the PBA Press Corps. He was beaten out for the honor by San Miguel teammate Terrence Romeo.

But Pessumal knows he can offer more.

"Thankful ako where I am right now. But individually, gusto ko pa talagang mag-improve," he said.(RG)