The San Miguel Beermen is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters at 6:15 P.M. on December 17, 2017 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The new season of Asia’s first professional basketball is finally here. The Philippine Basketball Association will open its 43rd season and similar to last year, the San Miguel Beermen will play its first game.
In the league’s opening game, SMB will be battling versus the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters which usually does a good job in the early stages of the conference but loses traction at the later part of the tournament.
To address that, Fuel Masters franchise has decided to revamp its coaching staff and hired former Mobiline bench tactician Louie Alas. Alas served as assistant coach to several PBA teams like Alaska, Sta. Lucia and Purefoods.
His most successful coaching career when he led the Manila Metrostars to a championship in 1999 in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.
In his debut game with his new team, coach Alas identified the main keys how to beat his first team assignment.
“I think much better we face them now rather than late this conference,” said Alas, thinking San Miguel is not in its best shape at this time.
“May minor injuries sila. Still, containing June Mar is the main thing, then we have to limit Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross. It’s hard but it’s possible,” said Alas.
The Beermen on the other hand will start its new campaign seeking the elusive Grand Slam. They’re just one championship short on reaching that milestone last season.
Likewise, San Miguel is the defending champion of the All-Filipino conference and they will be led again by the four-time Most Valuable Player, June Mar Fajardo.
Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross and Arwind Santos will all be back to complete SMB’s fab-five. To make them more formidable, the franchise added the veteran services of Billy Mamaril and Chico Lanete.
The other main addition to Beermen’s winning recipe is this year’s top pick Christian Standhardinger. However, San Miguel fans still need to wait for one more conference to see Fajardo-Standhardinger tandem as the Fil-German still with the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).