OF all the players involved in the blockbuster trade between San Miguel and TNT during the offseason, it was only Brian Heruela who got to play in Sunday’s game between the two teams in the PBA Philippine Cup.
SMB new boy Terrence Romeo was sidelined with a sprained ankle for the third straight time while David Semerad was recently relegated to the TNT injured list.
Heruela finished with five points and three assists in 20 minutes of play in his first game against his former team since the trade.
“To be honest, I treated it as every other team we played against,” said Heruela, when asked about facing his former team.
Heruela played for three seasons with San Miguel so he is very familiar with the plays of the Beermen, but that familiarity didn’t really played a major role in TNT’s win.
“A little bit [familiarity advantage] because I kinda been there for awhile and I know pretty much all the plays they run. A little anticipation but regardless, they have good execution. We still have to anticipate and they have June Mar [Fajardo] down low so it’s pretty tough to stop him,” said Heruela.
Four games into the season, Heruela said he feels right at home at TNT and is glad to have a supportive management behind the team.
“Honestly, I treat every game like my mindset is aggressive regardless of the minutes. I just play my hardest and I’m just motivated to play against any team. We are just glad to get the win,” the 5-foot-10 guard said.