WHETHER San Miguel Beer’s import gamble will pay off or not is set to be known as it seeks to get back to its winning ways on Saturday, taking on Alaska when the PBA Governors’ Cup goes out of town in Angeles City, Pampanga.
The Beermen parade new import Terik Bridgeman, who surprisingly replaced Wendell McKines, a workhorse who acquitted himself admirably in the first five games of the team’s grand slam bid this conference.
SMB management explained the decision to replace McKines, who averaged 26.2 points on 51.5-percent shooting, 14.2 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 37.6 minutes in five games, had to with “team composition and health status.”
The Beermen, though, only relegated McKines to the injured/reserve list, meaning they can still recall him if Bridgemen won’t live up to expectations and lift the team to a level higher than its 3-2 win-loss slate suggests.
But they expect Bridgeman, a Caldwell College standout who last played in the Georgian Superleague in Europe, to be a better fit as he makes his debut against the struggling Aces in the road game at 5 p.m. at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center.
Kapampangan stars Arwind Santos and Calvin Abueva also face off and try to lead their respective teams to victory.
There is more pressure on Abueva, whose Aces are still winless in six games this conferences and have yet to win in 14 games overall since April.
Buck Henton continues to reinforce the Aces as they seek to finally end their drought, against a former perennial finals rival in the Beermen.