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    San Mig discard Rogers happy to make most of second chance with SMB

    Mar 3, 2013
    Matt Rogers watches PBA action on Sunday with SMB teammate Asi Taulava.  Jerome Ascano

    MATT Rogers considers it “God-ordained” when he found his basketball career redirected from San Mig Coffee in the PBA to the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) following his forgettable one-game stint in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    Rogers, the 6-11 Southwest Baptist University alumnus, said the unexpected call-up from the Beermen has given him the opportunity to redeem himself since he felt like he wasn’t given a chance to show what he can really do with the Mixers.

    “My first game in the PBA, I was so tired. I felt like I couldn’t finish (the game),” Rogers told during halftime of the Petron-Barako Bull game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Rogers, who was replaced by comebacking best import Denzel Bowles, said he was supposed to go home a few days after being told by San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone that they were letting him go. But his agent convinced him to stick around and perhaps get a new job offer.

    “I think it was a God (ordained) thing already. My agent told me to just stick around another two days and coach Tim called me up and said, 'Just wait a little while,'” he added.

    True enough, another door opened for him when San Miguel import Brian Williams got injured.

    Rogers has made the most of his second chance with the Beermen, a team that has been on a tailspin prior to his entry despite a star-studded lineup led by import Gabe Freeman and Williams, along with veteran big men Asi Taulava and Eric Menk as well as playmaker Chris Banchero.

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    “At least I have two good games (in the ABL). Hope it would continue,” said Rogers, who is averaging 15.5 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 blocks in his first two games with the Beermen.

    He played his best game with the Beermen on Saturday night, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and adding two blocks in leading SMB to a 77-66 whipping of the Westports Malaysia Dragons.

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    Matt Rogers watches PBA action on Sunday with SMB teammate Asi Taulava.  Jerome Ascano
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