BRIAN Heruela was quick to move on following his offseason trade from Blackwater to San Miguel.
The sophomore guard admitted there was no emotion involved facing his former team for the first time on Wednesday night when the Beermen scored a 93-83 win over the Elite in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena.
Heruela finished with only two points in 11 minutes of play against the Elite, the same team which tabbed him as the 26th pick overall (third round) during the 2014 rookie draft.
“To be honest with you, I’m not really thinking about. I just took it as another game because obviously right now they’re playing good,” said the 26-year-old guard out of University of Cebu.
“So we just try to prepare each and every game and treat it like any other (game) because they’re (Elite) strong as well.”
Heruela was the top assist man the entire league last year, but still found himself on the trading block during the offseason. He was first dealt to Barako Bull for Carlo Lastimosa, and then shipped to the Beermen for Jeric Fortuna.
He said he’s yet to really settle down with San Miguel, given the short time he’s been with the team.
“I’m learning and continue to learn. I’m just playing and do what coach Leo asks me to do,” Heruela said.
The Fil-Am also said he’ doesn't mind being a third option in San Miguel’s deep backcourt rotation led by Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross.
At San Miguel, according to Heruela, there’s no such thing as a second- or third-string guard.
“Whoever is given the opportunity we just take it and play as hard as we can,” he said.
Ultimately, it’s winning that matters most, and which Heruela sees himself achieving frequently with the Beermen, where he’s reunited with college teammate and close pal June Mar Fajardo.
“I’m enjoying playing with him (June Mar) right now. It’s a good feeling and I hope we continue playing together as a team. And hopefully, I’m gonna experience what they experience last year of winning a championship,” said Heruela, who won a championship with Fajarado playing for the UC Webmasters in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)
As parting shot, he extends his appreciation in Cebuano for the support being extended by fans to the Beermen.
“Sa tanan taga Cebu, kamusta mo da suporta mo sa San Miguel Beermen (Kamusta ang mga taga Cebu, please suportahan nyo ang San Miguel Beermen),” said Heruela, whose mother is from the Queen City of the South.