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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:16 pm 
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Will SMB get another Grandslam this year?
Let's wait and see...

I'd be happy if they'll achieve such a difficult feat...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:18 pm 
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SMB targeting grand slam

by Waylon Galvez
January 23, 2015


After winning the Philippine Cup last Wednesday, San Miguel Beer became the only team with a chance of winning the PBA grand slam, a sweep of the three conferences.

And Arwind Santos, one of the heroes of SMB’s win, said yesterday that winning the slam will be their objective when they begin the quest for a second straight championship next week in the Commissioner’s Cup.

Santos had no reservation in believing his team has got what it takes to achieve the rare result. After all, SMB had done it before although his coach, Leo Austria, is not looking too far ahead.


“Walang imposible,” said Santos, whose triple in the dying minutes of Game 7 against Alaska sealed the deal for the embattled Beermen who flirted with defeat before pulling through.

“Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko na nung nagawa last season ng Purefoods, o ng San Mig (Super Coffee), kaya naman pala. Walang imposible.”

San Miguel won the slam in 1989 behind a talented cast led by Ramon Fernandez, Samboy Lim and Hector Calma. It was coached by Norman Black, now with Meralco.

Other grand slam winners were the Crispa Redmanizers (1976 and 1983), Alaska Milkmen (1996) and the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers (2014).

Santos said winning the slam again would be difficult. But he believes that SMB has the talent to do it.

Joining him in the quest are reigning MVP and Best Player of the Conference June Mar Fajardo, guards Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter, and forwards.

He said they already took the first step in that direction by capturing the All-Filipino title.

“Kung manalo ka naman ng all-Filipino, yun naman yung palaging unang hakbang kung pag-uusapan ang grand slam e. Since kami yung nanalo, tingin ko naman kaya,” said the 33-year-old FEU alumnus who was adjudged PBA Finals MVP.

“Pero nasa sa amin ng mga players yun e, kung gugustuhin namin, kung uhaw ba kami after manalo dito sa Philippine Cup. Kasi kung samahan ang pag-uusapan, kita naman na nandun yung trust and confidence namin sa isa’t isa sa team, from coaches to teammates.”

“Siyempre itong dalawang susunod na conferences may import, sana ok yung makuha namin madaling mapakisamahan. Ang importante sa lahat malaki puso and warrior din sya,” added Santos.

While Santos is upbeat, coach Austria is realistic. He said it’s still too early to talk about the grand slam as other teams are also strong and will do everything to deny them the honor.

“Too early. Ako kasi ang palagi ko naman sinasabi e ‘one step at a time’ and ‘one game at a time’ kami,” said Austria, who steered San Miguel to its first title in his first conference with the team.

“Yes there’s a chance kasi kami ang nanalo ng Philippine Cup. Pero alam naman ng lahat yung ibang teams e paghahandaan kami. Kung makakuha kami ng inport na dominant, mas malaki ang posibilidad. Pero sa ngayon, hindi ko iniisip yan,” added Austria.

SMB second title will depend to a certain extent on the ability of its import, Arinze Onuako, a 6-foot-7 former stalwart of Syracuse University. Onuako gained interest from several NBA teams after his strong showing in the previous NBA D-League Showcase.

He played for the Canton Charge and his NBA experience include just seven games — five with the New Orleans Hornets and two with Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 1.6 points.

“We understand naman na kung may offer siya to play in the NBA, of course mas priority nya yun. We’ll see in the next few days, although now we’re looking at other potential imports,” said Austria.

San Miguel Beer resumes training for the Commissioner’s Cup either Tuesday or Wednesday. The team will debut in the reinforced conference on Feb. 4 with a game against expansion team Kia.

The PBA Commissioner’s Cup formally starts Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:30 pm 
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San Miguel Beermen Roster 2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup

Cabagnot, Alex 6' 0" Point Guard
Chua, Justin 6' 6" Forward/Center
Fajardo, June Mar 6' 11" Center
Fortuna, Jeric 5' 7" Point Guard
Kramer, Doug 6' 5" Center
Lassiter, Marcio 6' 3" Shooting Guard
Lutz, Chris 6' 3" Shooting Guard
Maierhofer, Rico 6' 5" Forward
Omolon, Nelbert 6' 4" Shooting Forward
Onuaku, Arinze (Import) 6' 9" Center
Pascual, Ronald 6' 3"Guard
Ross, Chris 6' 1" Point Guard
Santos, Arwind 6' 4" Guard/Forward
Semerad, David 6' 5" Forward/Center
Tubid, Ronald 6' 0" Shooting Guard

If they can get another reliable center who can serve as chief back-up of Junemar, they will be hard to beat...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:40 pm 
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JABEZJ wrote:
San Miguel Beermen Roster 2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup

Cabagnot, Alex 6' 0" Point Guard
Chua, Justin 6' 6" Forward/Center
Fajardo, June Mar 6' 11" Center
Fortuna, Jeric 5' 7" Point Guard
Kramer, Doug 6' 5" Center
Lassiter, Marcio 6' 3" Shooting Guard
Lutz, Chris 6' 3" Shooting Guard
Maierhofer, Rico 6' 5" Forward
Omolon, Nelbert 6' 4" Shooting Forward
Onuaku, Arinze (Import) 6' 9" Center
Pascual, Ronald 6' 3"Guard
Ross, Chris 6' 1" Point Guard
Santos, Arwind 6' 4" Guard/Forward
Semerad, David 6' 5" Forward/Center
Tubid, Ronald 6' 0" Shooting Guard

If they can get another reliable center who can serve as chief back-up of Junemar, they will be hard to beat...


I think quinahan suits the job...trade lutz for jr.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:52 am 
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pwde..

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:44 am 
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Masyado pang maaga pag usapan ang grandslam. Mag champion muna kayo sa commissioner's cup.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:21 am 
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jinx thread na naman..... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:27 am 
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wrong jinx pareng dwight,ikaw talaga alam mo nmang kabaligtaran parati ng sinasabi nangyaari e...tsk tsk.. 8)

anyway, ok na ko dun sa all pinoy cup..maski 2 yrs pa di magchampion uli :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:07 am 
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gambol wrote:
wrong jinx pareng dwight,ikaw talaga alam mo nmang kabaligtaran parati ng sinasabi nangyaari e...tsk tsk.. 8)

anyway, ok na ko dun sa all pinoy cup..maski 2 yrs pa di magchampion uli :lol:


wag naman 2 yrs, nakakauhaw na rin yan. kahit mag grandslam nalang muna... :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:50 pm 
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maka SMB pala itong si TS, kaya pala pag sinabi nyang mananalo ang alaska eh talo pala. :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:23 pm 
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ceramic wrote:
maka SMB pala itong si TS, kaya pala pag sinabi nyang mananalo ang alaska eh talo pala. :shock:


Tulak ng bibig, kabig ng dibdib? :?: :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:25 pm 
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chot wrote:
asa! :biglaugh:

Masyado pang premature pra umasam ng grandslam. Mahirap na baka maging almost grandslam. :lol:

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Austria can now dream of a Grand Slam


By Al S. Mendoza

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Sunday, January 25, 2015



SOME of the best things in life are free. One of them is dreaming.

Dreaming is the best cure for boredom. Dreaming is the best food for the brain.

Dreaming is the best architect for our make-believe world.


We can dream from morning till night and it won’t cost us anything.

A farmer toils his plot from dawn to dusk and it won’t make him an instant millionaire.

I am not saying he should quit farming. No, farthest from that. I’m just saying that to make life more meaningful to the farmer, he should dream, too. Like dream of earning more to make him buy the things he couldn’t normally afford. It might not happen, but while into it—dreaming—it wouldn’t cost him a single cent.

Take my case. I write a dozen columns or so a week for several newspapers and magazines, plus one editorial. And the effort hasn’t made me rich. N’yet. But I’m not quitting. I mean, not quitting writing, and dreaming.

I am never discouraged. I love writing. I always think that, maybe, someday, I will hit the lotto jackpot—even if I seldom buy a ticket. The money from writing is too precious, indeed, but what’s a nibble of it for some shot at the moon and the stars?

While dreaming is free, you need a little expense at times to chase that dream.

It has been a fail-free fallback all this time: dreaming.

Already, by just dreaming, I have achieved some of my goals—at least in my mind. I’ve lost count, but my dreaming has brought me to so many beautiful worlds already.

“When I’m feeling blue, all I gotta do” is dream a little dream.

My flight mate in last Friday’s Lexus Invitational has said to me: “Coach Leo Austria should start dreaming of the Grand Slam now that he has piloted San Miguel Beer to the PBA Philippine Cup.”

I can only agree.

Every coach that wins the First Conference becomes an automatic candidate for the Triple Crown.

If Tim Cone could do it with San Mig Coffee last year, why not also Austria this year?

I told my flight mate: “SMB has the most dominant center in the league today in 2014 MVP June Mar Fajardo. All Austria needs to do is get a good import in the next two Conferences and he might yet nail the Slam.”

Dreaming. It’s free. For everyone.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:43 am 
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Dream lang... :) :D

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