TERRIFIC 12: Quality tests await Beermen in Macau
Paul Lintag on Sep 13, 2019 03:05 PM
San Miguel will face a ton of intriguing positional matchups in Macau, which should provide some quality test for the Beermen in preparation for their Grand Slam chase in the PBA. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Many have wanted to see the mighty San Miguel Beermen play in an international tournament.
Next week, we all get the opportunity as the Beermen lead the PBA contingent in the East Asia Super League's Terrific 12 tournament.
In Macau, San Miguel Beer will be tested all over as the reigning five-time Philippine Cup champions and newly-crowned Commissioner's Cup champions will take on China's Shenzen Aviators and Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings.
Ryukyu is the defending Terrific 12 champion.
San Miguel will face a ton of intriguing positional matchups in Macau, which should provide some quality test for the Beermen in preparation for their Grand Slam chase in the PBA.
Against Shenzhen, San Miguel's imposing frontline of June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger will have their hands full especially against Li Muhao.
The 7'2" behemoth is already looking forward to his chance against the Beermen.
"I really look forward to going up against Filipino big man, June Mar Fajardo," Li said in a statement to East Asia Super Leegue.
"He’s alegendary player, but I don’t think he knows what he’s getting himself into,” he added.
San Miguel's guards will also have to deal with Ryukyu as the Golden Kings will return with 2018 Terrific 12 MVP Ryuichi Kishimoto.
2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals MVP Terrence Romeo is up for the task.
"I really feel like I'm on my game and the experience with San Miguel enhanced my skills and confidence," Terrence said in an EASL statement.
"Ryuichi Kishimoto is good so it will be an interesting matchup individually and a team basis," he added.
The Beermen will open the Terrific 12 with a 7:00 p.m. showdown against Shenzhen on Sept. 17 followed by another 7:00 p.m. game against Ryukyu on Sept. 19 at the Teap Seac Multi-sports Pavilian in Macau.
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