Shorthanded Beermen defeat Slingers

The San Miguel Beermen bucked off the absence of two players and an off-night from Leo Avenido as they defeated the Singapore Slingers, 75-65, in Wednesday’s ASEAN Basketball League at the Ynares Arena.

Imports Dalron Johnson and Jarrid Famous and locals RJ Rizada and Froilan Baguion picked up the slack for the Beermen as they improved their record to 9-3 win-loss for their fourth straight victory.

Johnson and Famous finished the game with 19 and 17 points respectively, Rizada had 11 points and Baguion had 10 assists for the Beermen.

Avenido, one of the best locals in the league this season, had nine points but shot just four-of-12 from the field. Aris Dimaunahan and Jun Jun Cabatu, meanwhile, didn’t play to serve their one-game suspension for their involvement in a brawl last week.

But it wasn’t a problem for the Beermen as they showed their depth against the Slingers.

“The other guys were able to step up and execute our plays. It shows how deep our team is,” said San Miguel coach Bobby Parks.

San Miguel avenged its 71-63 defeat at the hands of Singapore on the road last February 1.

The Beermen were able to increase their lead in the third after a precarious 31-28 advantage in the first half. San Miguel had a 9-0 run late in the third to turn a five-point lead into a 50-36 advantage against Singapore.

Avenido finally got involved on the offense when he clustered five straight points, 62-46, with 5:55 remaining in the fourth. Famous came up with highlight plays later on with three dunks to put the game away.

San Miguel also clamped down on Singapore’s Filipino import Donald Dulay, who only had three points. It was a far cry from his 23-point output in their previous encounter.

“We controlled Dulay. He really hurt us in Singapore,” said Parks.

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