SMB stars turn cheerleaders, hope success rubs off on sister team Petron in PSL
SMB players led by Arwind Santos, Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot, cheer for Petron, its sister team in the Super Liga. Jerome Ascano

BASKETBALL stars from San Miguel turned into fans for a change as they trooped to The Arena in San Juan to support their sister team in the Belo-Philippine Super Liga Invitational Conference.

It was a normal volleyball match on Thursday until San Miguel cagers Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, RR Garcia and Rashawn McCarthy arrived at the venue to support sister team Petron.

The three-peat PBA Philippine Cup champions said they hope their success rub off on the Blaze Spikers, who have not won a PSL title since their back-to-back championships in 2014 Grand Prix and 2015 All-Filipino Conference.

“I'm hoping, man! I'm hoping they can win it, then we win again, then it goes back and forth,” said Ross, the Finals MVP in San Miguel’s most recent success against Ginebra.

“Last conference, they had a good team but unfortunately, they fell short. Hopefully they could do it this time around,” he added.

Cabagnot, who has been a regular supporter of the team and has watched some of the games live before, is optimistic the Blaze Spikers can reclaim lost glory.

“Yeah. Petron has a winning tradition,” he said. “I think they've won two championships before so they know how to get it done.” 

Santos, the San Miguel team captain, gave one piece of advice to the Blaze Spikers.

“Nakita mo naman, maliban sa may championship experience din sila, ang lineup nila talagang buong buo na rin sila kasi minsan isa rin ‘yun sa key kailangan maging buo rin kayo para may team work,” he said.

The night, however, didn't end well for Petron, which lost to Cignal in four sets.

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