PBA: New SMB import Murphy hopes Beermen can regain bearings in time
Philip Matel on Oct 01, 2018 07:03 AM
New SMB import Kevin Murphy has impressed coach Leo Austria and the team.
New San Miguel import Kevin Murphy expressed his hopes that the Beermen could somehow regain their bearings and make their way to the playoffs.
The first-time import had an impressive debut for SMB, who submitted an all-around statline of 37 points on 52-percent shooting, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block.
However, the most important stat was not on his side as Paul Lee stuck the proverbial dagger to his team's heart, hitting the go-ahead basket for the 109-108 victory of the Magnolia Hotshots.
Nevertheless, the 6'5” guard has impressed coach Leo Austria and the team, as he indicated that the Tennessee Tech product would be the reinforcement going forward, replacing veteran import AZ Reid, who came down with an ankle injury.
"I think it's obvious na siya na yung magpapatuloy. And talagang si Kevin yung import na hinahanap namin," the mentor said on his new import."
For Murphy's part, his performance is much-needed since the powerhouse is staring at a 2-3 record, and with six games to go, a winning run is needed for an assurance at a playoff spot.
"I mean, I had an okay game but like I said I’m all about the victory. I’m all about winning so if we don’t win, that really don’t matter. I should have 39 I think so we would have won. But that’s okay. We will bounce back," the reinforcement said.
Murphy, who has had stops in the NBA, the G-League, China, Japan, and Croatia, said that the physical brand of PBA ball is no big deal, since he experienced physicality abroad as well.
As the Beermen next face the 3-1 Aces, Murphy says he has not begun scouting opposing import Mike Harris and will do so in the days preceding their Saturday game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Knowing that the team is without the massive presence of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, the 28-year old knows that there will be a struggle, but knows the team will be in top form once Fajardo returns at the tail end of the eliminations.
"He’s been the MVP for the past 4 years. Obviously, that’s a big part that we’re missing. But as soon as he comes back, everybody will be showing out and we’ll be like a well-oiled machine."
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