Getting stronger

January 04, 2019

SAN Miguel Beer is a star-studded squad, boasting of the league’s finest stars like Jun Mar Pajardo, Arwind Santos and Marco Lassiter.

Add Terrence Romeo to the roster, and you’ll think that the Beermen, indeed, will be hard to beat in the coming PBA Philippine Cup, the most prestigious of the three conferences which they’ll try defend starting January 13 as the league opens its 44th season.

But don’t tell that to SMB head coach Leo Austria. The affable coach will surely says no if asked. Like when a battery of sportswriters did shoot that question on the second day of their practice the other night.

“We are strong, yes, but just on paper. With Romeo, with his talent, it will further improve the capability of the team to championships,” said the multi-titled Austria.

“But everything remains to be seen. We have to see how he can adapt to our system. But with his basketball intelligence, he’ll get there,” Austria added.

The former Talk N’ Text and Globalport, sent to the SMB side days before 2018 ended , attended the second practice of the Beermen on Thursday night, with SMB governor Robert Non introducing him to the team shortly before the Beermen went to work.

Romeo was traded to the Beermen in a blockbuster trade with the Texters, who got David Semerad. Brian Heruela and a 20121 draft pick in return.

Meanwhile,   Matthew Wright will stay with Phoenix.

The Fil-Canadian guard signed a contract extension with the Fuel Masters on Thursday, as the team  validated its faith on one of the league’s finest shooters today.

Wright signed the three-year contract in the presence of  his representative Marvin Espiritu of the Espiritu Manotoc Basketball Management (EMBC) and Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia.

The new three-year deal, a SPIN.ph report said, is on top of the existing contract of Wright which won’t be expiring until August this year.

Terms were not made available, but being the franchise player of the Fuel Masters, it could be a max deal Wright signed.