DESPITE having seen very little of what Matt Rogers can do, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria is positive the import recently dropped by PBA side San Mig Coffee will be a huge help to the Beermen’s campaign in the ABL.
For one, Rogers was dropped by the Mixers about the same time the Beermen’s import Brian Williams sustained a knee injury in a loss to Westports Malaysia Dragons.
After just one game with San Mig Coffee, Rogers suits up for the Beermen as they go on the road to battle the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers on Sunday at 4 p.m.
“It is a good thing that there is a quality import like Matt Rogers who is ready to suit up for us on short notice,” said Austria of the former Southwest Baptist University standout.
Williams will sit out for two weeks, giving Rogers a chance to redeem himself with another San Miguel club in another league after missing the Mixers’ opening game in the PBA due to food poisoning and an anemic performance in his lone game against Petron with 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting.
Singapore beat the Saigon Heat, 76-72, on Friday night to jump to second spot with a 4-3 win-loss record, half a game ahead of the Beermen.
Led by former Barako Bull import Sammy Monroe and Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool member Justin Melton, the Dragons handed the Beermen their third loss, 82-76, just days after a victory over the Chang Thailand Slammers.
Despite the up-and-down start, Austria is still patient with the team.
“We will continue working on the execution of our system for offense and defense for the whole game until we see a clear win,” Austria said.