The Beermen are an underrated defensive juggernaut
Paul Lintag on Jan 09, 2017 09:56 AM
Alex Cabagnot has the perfect explanation why people tend to forget that the Beermen are actually a stout defensive team.
A common misconception about the San Miguel Beermen is that they simply outscore their opponents to death by virtue of their awesome star power.
However, the Beermen are simply not built that way or rather, SMB is simply not programmed to play just to overpower opponents offensively.
The reigning two-time Philippine Cup titleholders are actually a stout defensive squad. Defense wins championships after all.
The Beermen proved it Sunday against Ginebra, holding their sister team to only 70 points and coming out with a gutsy win.
"I think playing defense is always been part of our forte I want to say," point guard Alex Cabagnot expressed after his team's sixth straight win.
"It's one of the things we do well with three of the best defensive players in Chris Ross, June Mar, and Arwind out there. We're really a defensive team, it just doesn't get noticed because we make a lot of baskets," he added after leading the champs with 16 points despite still playing with a broken nose.
With a tough, grind-it-out game against the Gin Kings, the Beermen are also absorbing every bit of lessons they can get in order to keep their edge against other teams.
Because in some cases, you can actually win and learn at the same time.
"Some games naman like that you gotta actually learn from it, win or lose. We have to go back and use it as a reference, hopefully in the end stay ahead of the learning curve," Cabagnot said.
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