SMB changes import anew as Terrence Watson set to replace unimpressive Terik Bridgeman

PBA Media Bureau

The Grand-Slam seeking San Miguel Beermen are set to make another import change, just one week after their last.

Terik Bridgeman, who replaced original reinforcement Wendell McKines, scored a measly 2 points in his debut game against Alaska in Cebu and then followed it up with 4-point performance against Rain or Shine.

The Beermen played All-Filipino for majority of the game and managed to pull off a 103-96 win against the E-Painters.

Coach Leo Austria said their new import, Terrence Watson, arrived Wednesday morning and will make his debut against defending champion Brgy. Ginebra on Sunday, September 10.

Watson was supposed to suit up against Rain or Shine but failed to as he still needed to accomplish some paperwork, forcing the Beermen to suit up the unimpressive Bridgeman for one more game.

Austria, who came under fire from the team’s supporters after replacing the hard-working McKiness despite averaging 26.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in five games, defended his decision saying the team wanted somebody who could complement starting center June Mar Fajardo.

“What we’re thinking is to have a player who can matchup with the import of other teams like Justin Brownlee. What we want is somebody who an attack in the middle, shoot from the outside and who can bring down the ball. At least not a one-dimensional player,” he said.

“Wendell is a good import, but he and June Mar play almost the same position. June Mar is already healthy that’s why want someone who can complement him, we want someone who can shoot from the perimeter,” he added. – Mae Villarin