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Austria all praises for SMB's second unit

MANILA – San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria was pleased with the job done by their second group after the Beermen completed a come-from-behind victory over the TNT KaTropa in Iloilo on Saturday night.

The defending All-Filipino Cup champions trailed by 12 points in the opening frame, but steadily whittled down the deficit.

Brian Heruela attacks the TNT defense. File photo. PBA Media Bureau.
Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Brian Heruela would provide quality minutes in the second half, as they anchored the crucial 11-0 run bridging the third and fourth frames that pushed San Miguel ahead, 65-61, with still 10 minutes left.

The reserves then came up with baskets midway through the payoff period that kept the Beermen ahead, before San Miguel's starting unit came back to finish the job. Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos would go on to hit booming triples in crunch time as SMB seized an 88-76 victory over the KaTropa.

"I'm so happy with the players off the bench, because they provided the energy for our starters," said Austria, after his bench unit came up with 22 points in the victory.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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