Rogers out, Williams back in for Beermen
Brian Williams is set to suit up for the Beermen anew after hurting his left knee in February. Jerome Ascano

BRIAN Williams will be back in harness together with Gabe Freeman for the San Miguel Beermen when they face the streaking Indonesia Warriors on Friday.

The Beermen hope to continue their winning streak in the Asean Basketball League and look to break Indonesia’s own run at the Tennis Indoor Senayan in Jakarta.

Williams, who injured his left knee in February, will be reactivated for the game in place of Matt Rogers, who came up with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks against the Westports Malaysia Dragons last week for their second consecutive victory. 

Williams’ partner Freeman will also be back after serving a one-game suspension for his involvement in a scuffle during San Miguel’s 66-55 win over the Singapore Slingers.

The Warriors are coming off a 69-60 win over the Chang Thailand Slammers and are out to extend their seven game winning streak.

“Gabe is well-rested. Although we missed him in our game against Malaysia, it was a blessing in disguise as we were able to get a breakout game from Matt Rogers,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.

Also expected to contribute big numbers for the Beermen are Chris Banchero, RJ Rizada, and Asi Taulava.

Banchero chipped in 21 points for the Beermen in their recent game against the Dragons. Rizada added 10 points, while Taulava pulled down 10 rebounds.

“Our locals are getting their confidence just at the right time. Our successive wins over Singapore and Malaysia should give us enough momentum against Indonesia,” Austria added.

But last year’s Most Valuable Player Leo Avenido will not see action after sustaining an ankle injury, joining Eric Menk in the sidelines after suffering a fractured nose that will keep him out for a month.

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