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    Break gives SMB locals and imports time to gel

    Jan 13, 2013

    SAN Miguel import Brian Williams welcomed the extended break that follows the Beermen's opening 64-53 win over defending champion Indonesia Warriors, saying it will give the team enough time to develop chemisty.

    The Beermen have been practicing since October but Williams and fellow reinforcement Gabe Freeman only arrived a week before the team's opening game in their second season in the ABL.

    “We have been with the team for a week,” said Williams. “We are not jelling yet. For us to come out with a win is a plus.”

    The Beermen will next play the Saigon Heat on January 26 in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Williams paced the Beermen with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Freeman only produced seven points while battling foul trouble.

    “I think two more weeks with the team will make us gel better,” he added.

    San Miguel head coach Leo Austria, however, feels the two imports won't have a difficult time adjusting to the locals.

    “Hindi mahirap mag-adjust ‘yung dalawang import dahil intelligent and fundamentally sound sila. Mag-iimprove pa sila,” Austria said.

    A former import of the Westport Malaysia Dragons last year, Williams is confident with his team’s chances following the opening game win.

    “The ABL, you have to watch out because I feel that we are the team to beat,” Williams said.

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