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    Austria impressed with McCullough scoring, hopes new import can quickly adjust to calls

    Jul 6, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    CHRIS McCollough had an impressive debut in San Miguel’s win over NLEX on Friday in the Commissioner’s Cup, but coach Leo Austria would have wanted their new import to stay in the match longer.

    Charles Rhodes' replacement had 47 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out, as San Miguel scored a 109-105 win over NLEX.

    “It was fun. We got a win, played hard, and that’s basketball,” said McCollough when asked about the 47-point production.

    “We got a win, that’s it.”

    San Miguel coach Leo Austria said McCollough’s presence has given the team a positive outlook after improving their record to 3-5 following the win over the Road Warriors.

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      Austria said McCollough needs to adjust after fouling out in the match.

      “I think he gives us a high morale with his 47 points. That is something that we have to be thankful. He helped us a lot although defensively, kailangan pa because he is trying to adjust to the brand of basketball here and he has to know all the players na he is guarding kasi he committed six fouls and that is something that we don’t want to happen especially in the end game.

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      “Kailangan namin ‘yung talent niya,” said Austria.

      McCollough denied committing a foul on NLEX import Olu Ashaolu, which caused his early exit from the game.

      “We still won the game. I didn’t foul him. They called it. It is what it is. It’s b*lls**t,” said McCollough.

      Still, McCollough said he vowed to continue to work hard for the team so that the Beermen can continue to pick up victories.

      “I’m coming in, do what I’ve got to do, play aggressive, take my shots, and win games,” said McCollough.

      “I love them,” McCollough said, referring to his teammates. “They took me in with open arms, we gonna play basketball together, we can win together.”

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