Tumatanda Na! San Miguel Beer to Undergo Rigodon This Offseason
With most of its key players already in their 30s, San Miguel Beermen is hinting at a massive revamp in the offseason following their quarterfinals exit in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup.
Beermen head coach Leo Austria said he is set to talk to the management regarding the changes in the team after seeing its five-year reign as PBA Philippine Cup champions come to an end at the expense of Meralco Bolts.
“We’re not getting any younger. We will talk to management regarding the composition of our line-up next year,” said Austria. “I think we’re the oldest team in the league and our starters are averaging 34 years old. Our opponents are 27-28 (and) in their primes.”
“There’s a lot of clamor from the fans, from basketball experts na we’re not getting any younger,” he added. “We cannot survive dahil all the teams are getting better and better.”
The bid for sixth straight All-Filipino conference title was tough for Beermen with the absence of six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and the exit of Terrence Romeo.
“Yung kay Terrence at Matt, big role ang ginagawa nila sa team. We have a scorer and defender in those two guys,” Austria said. “Kung andiyan sila, tingin ko laban pa rin kami.”
“Maybe sa regular season, we could have adjusted. But here, every other day, sometimes back-to-back games pa. (And) it’s hard for these ‘young players’ namin,” he added.