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    San Miguel planning to go 'small ball' in Fajardo's absence

    Feb 13, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel is planning to adopt a 'small ball' system as it lays down adjustments in the wake of the injury that could sideline star center June Mar Fajardo for an entire season.

    A major part of San Miguel’s offense in previous seasons is for the ball to go to Fajardo at the post where he will either attack or dish the ball out when defenses collapse on him.

    That will have to change with Fajardo out with a fractured right tibia and Christian Standhardinger and Kelly Nabong traded to NorthPort.

    “Marami kaming guards,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. “Baka mag-small ball kami just in case na ‘yung mga big man namin ay magkaroon ng foul trouble. You can never know eh. We are trying to prepare just in case those things happen.”

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    Austria expressed confidence that Fajardo’s absence will not have a very adverse effect on the performance of the Beermen, saying the team has enough talent in the guard and forward spots to stay competitive.

    Austria also believes San Miguel will be a lot more unpredictable without Fajardo.

    “We have a lot of talented players from the guards. Nagkakaroon ng equal opportunity. They have to do their role. And that’s what will happen. Unpredictable, you don’t know kung saan kami pupunta eh.

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    "Unlike before, alam nila pupunta lagi kay June Mar. Ngayon, there’s so many weapons. But I told them na you have to run according to our system,” said Austria.

    Terrence Romeo, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and Chris Ross are expected to play a major role with San Miguel in the coming season if the small ball will be part of the Beermen’s system.


      Austria also said San Miguel is also making adjustments on defense.

      “There’s a lot (adjustments on the system) especially on defense. Actually, matagal na naming ginagawa ito but because we keep on winning, nagre-relax. And then, we reorganize our defense," he said.

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