MAHMOUD Abdeen may not be flashy enough to attract attention, but the point guard from Jordan has so far been given a passing grade by coach Leo Austria as San Miguel’s Asian import in the PBA Governors Cup.
The value of the 6-foot-1 guard was none more underlined than in the Beermen’s 82-75 win over Rain or Shine over the weekend that formally made the defending champion the third team to earn a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs of the season-ending conference.
Playing in only his second game, the 27-year-old Jordanian finished with only two points and three rebounds in 17 minutes of play.
But he did bring stability to the San Miguel backcourt in tandem with young Brian Heruela as resident point guard Alex Cabagnot was down with a viral infection.
“He provided a lot. That’s the reason why I want an Asian import, to be a back up to our point guard and you see what happens,” said Austria afterwards.
“Cabagnot did not play because he’s sick. We have three point guards and Cabagnot is good as a scorer so I want somebody to play in a legit position dahil playoffs na ito.”
The Beermen are currently in third place in the standings with a 7-3 (win-loss) card and will have Blackwater for their final opponent in the eliminations heading into the playoffs.
And Austria expects the Jordanian national team player, who served as former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman’s point guard during his stay with the Middle East squad, to get better come the quarterfinals.
“I think in the next few games, lalabas din yung tunay na laro niya,” he pointed out. “Still adjusting to the system especially sa defense. They (Jordanian) have a different system kasi (with Toroman), so kailangan pa talaga niyang mag-adjust.
“But I think he’s ok. He’s a very talented player.”