PBA: Heruela and San Miguel's bench starting to roll in these Finals

Paul Lintag on Apr 01, 2018 10:23 PM
PBA: Heruela and San Miguel's bench starting to roll
The Beermen's reserve crew submitted their best outing in Game 3 Sunday, sparking a huge fourth-quarter effort as the three-time champs took over the Finals with a convincing 111-87 win over Magnolia.

After an embarrassing one-point performance in Game 1, San Miguel's second unit is starting to come alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

The Beermen's reserve crew submitted their best outing in Game 3 Sunday, sparking a huge fourth-quarter effort as the three-time champs took over the Finals with a convincing 111-87 win over Magnolia.

In particular, Gabby Espinas and Brian Heruela were notable for the champs, giving the Beermen more than enough cushion to rest their starters as the win as secured with time to spare.

Heruela fired 11 points in 22 minutes and eight of them came in the blistering fourth-quarter performance where San Miguel outscored Magnolia, 36-19.

"We're just trying to bring the energy up, the intensity, give our first group a good rest," Heruela said.

"Get some stops, that's the most important thing for us is defensively, we have to make stops and execute. Coach has been preaching that over and over again, we have to make stops and then execute our plays to give ourselves a chance," he added.

As for Espinas, the veteran forward scored nine points, seven in the second quarter, helping the Beermen not lose ground as Magnolia made a run to end the opening half.

As the bench starts to get rolling in these Finals, Gabby says it's just keeping it up all the way to the title.

"Pag nakaka-produce kami sa opensa, nakaka-depensa kami, mas humahaba yung pahinga nung first group namin eh. Kailangan ma-maintain lang namin yun. Minsan talaga ang hirap lalo pag championship, ang hirap maka-bwelo eh," he said.

Even with sparing minutes, Espinas says it's key to always be ready for when head coach Leo Austria digs deep from his bench.

"Yun talaga ang pinakamahirap kasi minsan papawisan ka pa lang, alam mo naman s coach, bigla ka na ilalabas. Pero part of the job na lang siguro kasi gusto namin pare-parehas manalo," Espinas said.

 

 


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