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    Streaking Beermen set to clinch homecourt edge

    Apr 26, 2013
    San Miguel's Paolo Hubalde, who finished with 14 points in the Beermen's most recent win against Thailand, is again expected to fill in the void left by injured starter Chris Banchero. Jerome Ascano

    SAN MIGUEL is looking to clinch homecourt advantage in the semifinals of the Asean Basketball League when it tackles Saigon on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

    The Beermen will be eyeing to stretch their winning streak to 12 games in their 4 p.m. encounter with the Heat.

    More importantly, a victory will be the 15th in 18 outings for the home team and enough for the Beermen to gain homecourt edge in the best-of-five semis.

    A win will also be a big boost for the Beermen going to their much-awaited May 3 match-up with defending champion Indonesia Warriors.

    With top point guard Chris Banchero sidelined by an injury, San Miguel struggled against Sports Rev Thailand Wednesday and needed a late game surge to beat the Slammers, 78-70, in Bangkok.

    Asi Taulava and Paulo Hubalde were the heroes for the Beermen as the former PBA MVP finished with 18 points, while Hubalde, a former PBA journeyman, had 14 in successfully picking up the slack left by the injured Banchero.

    The Heat (3-13) meanwhile, have lost their 12th straight game including a 49-101 rout at the hands of the Beermen, the 54-point loss being the worst beating registered in ABL history.

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    San Miguel's Paolo Hubalde, who finished with 14 points in the Beermen's most recent win against Thailand, is again expected to fill in the void left by injured starter Chris Banchero. Jerome Ascano
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