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    SMB eyes third straight win as Beermen battle NorthPort Batang Pier

    Oct 24, 2018
    Leo Austria's Beermen, running sixth, try to close in on the leaders while Pido Jarencio tries to steer the Batang Pier from 11th spot.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel looks to extend its winning streak as it faces NorthPort on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

    The Beermen are on a two-game winning streak heading into their match against the Batang Pier at 7 p.m.

    After a slow start, San Miguel is back in the playoff race, moving to 4-4 following its win over TNT, 107-96, in Calasiao, Pangasinan on Saturday. The Beermen are now in sixth place in the standings.

    San Miguel coach Leo Austria is glad the Beermen are finally making their mark on defense after suffering a three-game losing streak this conference.

    “Our last two games, the confidence is back especially on defense,” said Austria. “We’ve been criticized for not playing good defense because we are giving up 111 points a game. In our last two wins against very tough teams, we gave up only 99 points. We are hoping that we could improve our defense more because in the playoffs, defense is the name of the game.”

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      Leo Austria's Beermen, running sixth, try to close in on the leaders while Pido Jarencio tries to steer the Batang Pier from 11th spot.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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