Von's job with SMB is to shoot so he did just that
Paul Lintag on Mar 09, 2018 10:12 PM
"Ang dali ng basketball dito kasi bibigay mo lang kay June Mar sa post... parang yung spacing na the team provides, I get open so it's just my job to shoot and knock it down. Nothing special naman." --- Von Pessumal.
San Miguel's strength has always been derived from its first group.
The Beermen are a top-heavy team. Everyone knows that.
However, San Miguel does have some nice names on its bench and Von Pessumal proved Friday that the Beermen's second-unit can win some games just like the first group does.
Coming off the bench to play just under 20 minutes, Pessumal fired a career-high 18 points, emerging as San Miguel's second leading scorer against Brgy Ginebra.
The Beermen beat the Gin Kings to take an early 1-0 lead in their best-of-7 semifinal series in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
"Yung bench namin we believe na we're just as capable as the first group eh. Dapat ganun yung mindset di ba?" Pessumal said after his performance that saw him make seven out of ten shots from the field.
"When you come in dapat sustain or even higher yung level of play namin. If we come in we have to sustain yung level or if possible, bring it higher just so when the starters come back in and close the game, it's easier," he added.
With the Beermen featuring a loaded lineup, Von's main role with the team is to shoot.
During Game 1 Friday, Pessumal did just that.
"Ang dali ng basketball dito kasi bibigay mo lang kay June Mar sa post... parang yung spacing na the team provides, I get open so it's just my job to shoot and knock it down. Nothing special naman," he said.
"Sinuklian ko lang si coach, kasi he's been encouraging me sa practice, even if I have some bad games talagang he gives me chances. Tapos yung teammates ko, may tiwala sila sakin, if I'm open they'll give it to me and they believe na I can knock it down. So sinuklian ko lang lahat sila," Pessumal added.
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