LEAVING nothing to chance on its grand slam bid, San Miguel made an immediate change in its lineup by tapping a new import in Terik Bridgeman for its PBA Governors Cup campaign.
A product of William Paterson, Bridgeman takes over from Wendell McKines, who has been relegated by the Beermen to their injured/reserved list in the meantime.
Obviously, the import change was made to enhance the team’s serious bid to complete a three-conference sweep for the season, especially in the wake of its 103-100 loss to NLEX last Sunday.
McKines isn't doing badly with the team, but the Beermen are currently languishing in fifth place with a 3-2 (win-loss) record following the stunning loss to the Road Warriors last weekend.
Cellear-dwelling KIA has also made a late import change, naming Geron Marquis Johnson to take the place of Markeith Cummings.
Team manager Gee Abanilla confirmed Bridgeman will play his first game with the Beermen this Saturday against the Alaska Aces in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Abanilla cited two major reasons for San Miguel's decision to replace the 29-year-old McKines, who previously played for Alaska and Rain or Shine.
"We decided to take a different direction in consideration of our current team composition and health status," he said.
Big man June Mar Fajardo has so far seen limited minutes with San Miguel since returning from Gilas Pilipinas duties in the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon since the three-time league MVP has yet to fully recovered from a strained right calf injury.
"We welcome Mr. Bridgeman and hope that he could provide the things we need in order for us to be successful this conference," added Abanilla.
At the same time, the San Miguel executive extended how grateful the San Miguel management has been for the contributions he did during his short stint with the ballclub.
"We sincerely thank Mr. McKines for his valuable effort in his stint with us," said Abanilla.
Bridgeman is coming off a stint with the Cactus Tbilisi in the Georgian Superleague, averaging 11.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocked shots in 28 games as the team reached the semifinals.