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    Beermen seek first back-to-back wins this season against Dragons

    Feb 15, 2013

    SAN Miguel tries to break its early roller-coaster ride by going for back-to-back wins against struggling Westports Malaysia Saturday in the Asean Basketball League at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

    The Beermen will be aiming for a second straight win on the road against the Dragons at 3 p.m. Manila time.

    The Philippine team has yet to come up with a winning run early in the season, but the game against the Dragons could be a good opportunity to start it off.

    San Miguel is coming off a 77-73 win over the Chang Thailand Slammers on Tuesday for its third win in five outings to stay within striking distance of defending champion Indonesia Warriors (5-2).

    A win will allow the Beermen to claim solo second place they currently share with the Saigon Heat, who take on the Singapore Slingers on Sunday.

    After winning their first two games, the Dragons - mentored by Filipino Ariel Vanguardia - have lost four straight games including a heartbreaking 69-67 loss to the Slingers last February 5.

    San Miguel head coach Leo Austria, however, pointed out the team’s inconsistent play has been the biggest concern of the team at the moment.

    “It’s been a see-saw season for us so we need to play more consistently,” Austria said. “There will always be off nights for every player, but what’s important is for everyone in the team to rise to the challenge and contribute in any way they can.”

    Chris Banchero was in the forefront of the Beermen’s victory over the Slammers, scoring a team-high 26 points, including the final 14 points of the game.

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    Gabe Freeman had 20 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks, while fellow import Brian Williams grabbed 11 boards in the game against Thailand. Asi Taulava added 11 points and five rebounds for the Beermen.

    In a bid to break the skid, the Dragons placed import Cedric Bozeman on the injured list. Former Barako Bull import Sammy Monroe takes over the place of Bozeman.

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