With Alex Cabagnot in sick bay, Heruela was inserted into the starting five and delivered right away, scoring 10 points in the first quarter to help San Miguel come away with a 106-100 victory over GlobalPort in an out-of-town game here on Saturday night.
Heruela, a teammate of Fajardo at the University of Cebu during their Cesafi title-winning days in 2010 and 2011, said that playing in front of his hometown stoked the fire in him.
“Being able to start motivated and fired me up. And I’m just glad I was given the opportunity,” said the burly guard, who has had to make do with little playing time in San Miguel’s loaded backcourt.
“We’re a really deep team and being able to play helped me get my confidence and rhythm up. I’m trying to stay ready at all times,” the Fil-American from Texas added.
Being able to play well in front of familiar faces and surroundings came as bonus for the burly point man.
“The last time I was able to play here was in college,” Heruela said with a chuckle. “It feels great to be playing right in front of my hometown. I’ve been dreaming of this for a very long time.”