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    SMB hopes to get Alex Cabagnot back in time for sudden-death vs Meralco

    Nov 13, 2020
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    SMART CLARK GIGA CITY – Injury had taken its toll again on defending champion San Miguel.

    The Beermen were without top guard Alex Cabagnot to start the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs Friday due to a strained hamstring.

    Cabagnot showed up at the Angeles University Foundation gym in street clothes and watched as the team lost to the Meralco Bolts, 71-78, leaving the tineam to a do-or-die game on Sunday for a berth in the semifinals.

    The veteran 37-year-old guard is averaging 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in the eliminations. He remains day-to-day for the reigning champions.

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    Coach Leo Austria admitted Cabagnot didn’t practice with the Beermen on the eve of the quarterfinals, further compounding the health issue of the five-time champions that already lost six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo to injury during the pre-season and Terrence Romeo while inside the bubble owing to a dislocated shoulder.

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    Also playing hurt are veterans Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter.

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      “My concern is the condition of the players. We’re not healthy,” said Austria. “So we want to manage their condition.”

      The fourth seeded Beermen though, hold a twice-to-beat edge against the No. 5 seeded Bolts.

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