Jorge Gallent New San Miguel Beer coach Jorge Gallent. PBA photo

Triumphant start by SMB

February 1, 2023 Robert Andaya 243 views

SAN Miguel Beer’s triumphant start under new coach Jorge Gallent — a convincing 114-93 victory over Phoenix Super LPG last Sunday — signalled the start of itsvnew chapter in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

With the PBA-best 28 championships, including nine under former coach Leo Austria from 2014-22, the Beermen looked ready to contend for another crown with a line-up that boasts of a healthy June Mar Fajardo and import Cameron Clark.

Gallent is up to the challenge.

The 54-year-old Gallent, who made his PBA coaching debut with the B-Meg Llamados in 2010, guided the Beermen to a 6-1 record when Austria went under health and safety protocols last conference.

Against Phoenix, Gallent steered the Beermen to a wire-to-wire victory over Fuel Masters in a game where they led by as many as 33 points.

The Beermen took a commanding 66-37 lead at intermission.

“We just can’t relax. When you relax, you give the other team a chance to come back. It’s just whether you are a starter or off-the-bench, you have to give energy when you’re on the floor,” said Gallent in explaining Phoenix’s short-lived rally.

Up next for Gallent and San Miguel on Wednesday will be Blackwater, 108-105 winner over Phoenix.

The scores:

San Miguel (114) – Clark 23, Fajardo 19, Perez 18, Bulanadi 16, Enciso 14, Lassiter 11, Tautuaa 9, Cruz 2, Brondial 2, Ross 0
Phoenix (93)– Maxwell 21, Muyang 15, Perkins 12, Serrano 12, Alejandro 9, Jazul 8, Manganti 4, Tio 4, Camacho 2, Soyud 2, Lojera 0, Lalata 0, Go 0
Quarterscores: 42-21, 66-37, 89-68, 114-93.

Games Wednesday:

(Philsports Arena)
3 p.m. — Blackwater vs. San Miguel
5:45 p.m. –TNT vs. NLEX