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PBA: Struggling Alaska out to end skid vs SMB

Game Today
(Angeles City, Pampanga)
5 p.m. – San Miguel vs Alaska

The San Miguel Beermen parade new import Terik Bridgeman today when they look to arrest a somewhat alarming run of form and extend the misfortunes of the Alaska Aces in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center.

Its bid to win a rare Grand Slam becoming even rockier, San Miguel decided to bring in Bridgeman in lieu of Wendell McKines in time for the 5 p.m. Petron Saturday Special game with Alaska, which carries a 0-6 record and a 14-game losing skid since the Commissioner’s Cup.

Beermen team manager Gee Abanilla said the decision to make a change was timely, considering a shaky start that saw coach Leo Austria’s squad win three of five games.

McKines, who had been in the country since May when he watched the Beermen complete a successful run at the second conference crown, averaged 26.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals before being let go.

“We sincerely thank Mr. McKines for his valuable effort in his stint with us but we decided to take a different direction in consideration of our current team composition and health status,” Abanilla said Thursday.

Meantime, the PBA will honor the two National for making its mark in the recent Southeast Asian Games and FIBA Asia Cup.

Commissioner Chito Narvasa will preside over the brief and simple ceremony at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“These two teams made us proud. They showcased their ability in the face of adversity and, in the process achieved an incredible milestone in the SEA Games and the FIBA Asia Cup,” said Narvasa.