SAN Miguel Beer tries to stay on course for one of the top two spots in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs when it clashes with winless GlobalPort in the lone Monday game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen have won their last two matches over Rain or Shine (112-107) and Barako Bull (106-100) to move up to 4-1, just behind unbeaten teams Talk `N Text (6-0) and San Mig Coffee (3-0).
They’ll try to keep their winning streak alive against a cellar-dwelling Batang Pier side (0-5) in the 8 p.m. encounter.
Import Kevin Jones is so far fitting in well for the Beermen since replacing former New Jersey Nets veteran Josh Boone, averaging solid numbers of 32 points, 15.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.3 blocks.
“With a couple of new players we added in this conference plus we’re playing in an import conference, we constantly wanted to improve,” said San Miguel active consultant Todd Purves.
Purves said newcomers Sol Mercado and Rico Maierhofer, who the team acquired during the conference break via trades, are also blending well with the rest of the Beermen, whom he hope will be in full strength come the playoffs.
“We feel we have a long way to go, but then we have a large margin to get better as well,” explained Purves, who has been sharing the coaching job with new mentor Biboy Ravanes.
“We look forward to the guys who are coming from injury to get better,” he added, referring to big man June Mar Fajardo (knee) and Mercado (groin).
Meantime, the Batang Pier will again try to get their first win in the tournament under new coach Pido Jarencio.
GlobalPort gave a valiant second half effort on Friday, but fell short in the end against Barangay Ginebra, 113-107.
Jarencio said the team remains hopeful the Batang Pier will be coming together well despite dropping two close matches against Meralco and the Kings, respectively.
“Importante lang eh maging consistent kami sa defense at offense. Tulungan pa rin at huwag lang mag-give up,” Jarencio said.