SMB continues to play with no-import mindset as Beermen seek to keep in step with TNT Katropa
Leo Austria is urging locals to deliver even as he expects big numbers from Mike Singletary. Jaime Campos

SAN Miguel Beer continues to instill a mindset of playing without an import as it seeks to keep in step with TNT Katropa in a PBA Governors’ Cup road matchup on Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum.

Despite acquiring the services of import Mike Singletary, the Beermen still turned to their locals down the stretch to hold off Meralco, 110-106, last Wednesday.

And the Beermen will keep leaning on depth, instead of relying heavily on Singletary, to get the job done against the tournament-leading Texters in the Petron Saturday Special at 5 p.m.

“We’re a strong team if everybody will work hard both on offense and defense,” SMB coach Leo Austria said.  

“And he’s (Singletary) happy with the team dahil alam niya that it’s not that hard for him (carrying the load),” the champion coach added of AZ Reid’s temporary replacement, who tallied 21 points and 20 boards in his debut against the Bolts.

The Beermen, running second with a 6-2 win-loss card, seek to gain a piece of the lead if they beat the Texters, who are coming off a 122-120 squeaker over Globalport behind Ranidel de Ocampo’s game-winner also last Wednesday.

A victory for the Texters (7-1) will solidify their hold on the top spot and will clinch them a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

The Texters also boast a powerhouse local core led by Jayson Castro, who scattered 37 points against the Batang Pier, Ryan Reyes, Troy Rosario, and De Ocampo,  and imports Mychal Ammons and Mike Madanly

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