Heruela's big game steals spotlight from Fajardo's impressive outing

Philip Matel on Jan 24, 2018 10:17 PM
Heruela's big game steals spotlight from Fajardo's outing
The former CESAFI standout stood the tallest among the powerhouse roster, drawing praise from head coach Leo Austria in the post-game presser.

Reserve guard Brian Heruela's big performance in San Miguel Beer's 107-93 win was enough to steal the spotlight from four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, at least according to their coach Leo Austria.

The stocky playmaker had a great showing, scoring 17 points, which is his second-best outing ever, a career-high six steals, five dimes, and two boards, and several key plays in the defending champion's huge game-sealing run in the latter part of the fourth.

Fajardo meanwhile had a great all-around game, scoring 34, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out three assists, and blocking three shots.

The former CESAFI standout stood the tallest among the powerhouse roster, drawing praise from head coach Leo Austria in the post-game presser. 

"I’m so happy tonight because of my players off the bench especially Heruela. Talagang inagaw nya yung show kay June Mar and then kay Arwind saka kay Marcio Lassiter," Austria said after the game.

With gunner Alex Cabagnot out for about a month due to plantar fasciitis, Heruela expects that his number will be called more than often by Austria.

"For us, it was bad news because Alex is a major part of our team. In my part, I am just thankful for the opportunity that coach Leo and the rest of the coaching staff and mangement gave me, the guys, all the bench, we keep on staying ready," Herula mentioned. 

As for playing time, Heruela added that he is ready to step up to the challenge, whatever it may be.

Now that Heruela has an opportunity to be given a bigger chunk of playing time, he hopes that the Beermen's bench will be up to the challenge and fill the huge void created by Cabagnot's absence. 

When asked about Austria's praise for the ball handler, Heruela could only muster appreciation for the positive comments brought up by his coach.

"It's a humbling complement from my coach, it's a big boost in my confidence, I just do my job and stay ready, and hopefully help my team for the win."

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