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    Brian Heruela draws inspiration from Cebu crowd, makes most of rare start for star-studded SMB

    Jan 22, 2017
    Brian Heruela makes a rare start for SMB with Alex Cabagnot in sick bay. Ron Tolin
    CEBU CITY – While all the attention was on the homecoming of reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, another Cebuano, Brian Heruela, quietly took advantage of the opportunity to start and get his confidence going heading to the Philippine Cup playoffs.

    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.

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    “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.

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    “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.

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    “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.”

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