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    Von Pessumal cherishes championship run as he breaks out for SMB

    May 19, 2019
    Von Pessumal
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    RIDING the pine for the first two years of his career, Von Pessumal finally showed that he belongs, having his breakout conference this 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

    San Miguel achieving the historic five-peat makes it sweeter for the former Ateneo sniper.

    "For me, it's up there at the top of my list," he said, looking back at the struggles the Beermen had to endure, especially in that cardiac 72-71 Game Seven against Magnolia last Wednesday.

    "Obviously, yung history is part na ng five-peat, but yung samahan talaga namin ang nagdala. All these guys, especially the players who've been there for the five-peat is what makes it special. The fact na kasama ako sa team, it's big na for me. Bonus na lang na nakakalaro ako."

    Pessumal has been the top shooter for San Miguel this conference, going 40-percent from downtown as he averaged 5.7 points and 1.6 rebounds as he logged 12.8 minutes per game.

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    That's why he's just thankful for coach Leo Austria for rolling the dice on him to finally show what he's worth as he earned his spot in the rotation as one of the Beermen's reliable young gunners.

    "I'm so thankful for coach Leo for giving me the opportunity to prove myself. I know its hard for him to fully trust the younger guys in the team, but he gave me a chance to prove myself," said the 26-year-old gunner.

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    "I think for me, it's the everyday things I do in practices and games. Siguro nakita niya na I really want to play, tried to stay ready, and the time he uses me, I'm ready."

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      Pessumal also attributed his rise to his teammates, led by starting point guard Alex Cabagnot who has been one of his mentors as he kept the faith despite seeing limited minutes in the past seasons.

      "I'm thankful to my teammates also. Through the ups and downs of the season, we've had good games and we had bad games, but they've always been there and told me to keep going, play hard, and it will come. Hearing that over and over, that really helped me a lot," he said.

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      All of those scorching days shooting his hands off in practice did pay off, and Pessumal could smile knowing that he, together with his Beermen brethren, are already part of the PBA annals with this unprecedented feat.

      "This is something that you can't take away from me and everybody in this team. This is something that I'll always have at the back of my mind, no matter how old I get," he said.

      But Pessumal isn't satisfied just yet, as he eyes to continue being a contributor for San Miguel as it eyes more championships in the future."

      "Hopefully, ma-continue ko ito for the next couple of conferences," he said.

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