The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Alaska Aces at 6:45 P.M. on October 24, 2020 live from the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
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The Beermen will try to go above the .500 winning percentage while they wanted to extend their winning streak to four in a row when the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup resumes this evening at the bubble in the AUF arena.
After a disappointing 0-2 start this year’s All-Filipino Cup, Alaska now found themselves stuck at the middle of the standings and could even improve it if they’re able to bag tonight’s victory.
Yet, there’s a big challenge in their way and very familiar to them. It’s their tormentor, the San Miguel Beermen which put them in the league’s record book where a team returned from a 0-3 Finals deficit and won the championship trophy.
However, for tonight’s duel Aces head coach Jeff Cariaso will have some situation that he can exploit and that’s the absence of SMB’s sixth-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and former scoring champ Terrence Romeo who are both nursing their respective injuries.
Still, for San Miguel’s head coach Leo Austria there is still plenty of talent he can tap to cover the gap left by Fajardo and Romeo. His counterpart is aware of that upcoming adjustment and Cariaso’s preparation is most probably ready to be deployed.
“Tomorrow’s game will be a different challenge on its own,” said Cariaso on the eve of the match.
“First, SMB will showcase their experience and heart despite being without Romeo and JMF. They still have lots of talent there and we expect them to be at their best,” added Cariaso.
Without SMB’s usual scoring suspects, coach Austria found a new go-to-guy inside the paint and that’s their last year’s acquisition Mo Tautuaa.
The Fil-Tongan led the Beermen’s offense versus the Terrafirma Dyip a few days ago where he piled 25 points and six boards.
Likewise, the ever-dependable forward and former MVP Arwind Santos can prove once again that he has enough gas to bag another individual award. Against the Dyip, the man who is known as the “Whirlwind” delivered 20 points plus a massive 14 boards.