San Miguel defeats reigning titlist Indonesia in 4th ABL opener

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Brian Williams debuted for the Beermen. PHOTO/aseanbasketballeague.com

MANILA, Philippines—Visiting San Miguel defeated defending champion Indonesia, 64-53, in the 4th Asean Basketball League (ABL) season opener Friday night in Jakarta.

Import Brian Williams led the Beermen, who lost to the Warriors in the finals last year, with 15 points and 19 rebounds while guard Fil-Italian Chris Banchero chipped in 14 points.

Indonesia missed the services for lightning quick Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle, who will be sidelined for 12 weeks due to a meniscus tear.

Since missing the chance of bringing home the title last season, the Beermen have beefed up even more by bringing in stalwarts Asi Taulava and Eric Menk into the mix.

PBA veteran Taulava scored his first two points in fourth period but nonetheless made an impact with 10 boards.

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  • berdengleon

    so much ignorance,probably too much fb and twitter for you guys..even the other southeast asian countries are importing filipino talent..besides basketball is a universal sport, and there’s no more pride in philippine basketball so what gives?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TBFLMGYQ6VOQOSMUUFHOML5VE Archie B

      hehehehe
      may masabi lang ba sila? :)

  • RONNIE858

    Really? mmmmmm.

  • Noypi11

    Kung wala ang mga  NBA rejects na imported ng mga teams ng Pilipinas siguro kulelat ang basketball sport ng Pinas.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TBFLMGYQ6VOQOSMUUFHOML5VE Archie B

       same thing sa ibang koponan. are you aware na yung liga na iyan ay import-laden?

  • phantomofhope

    sus panalo lang dahil sa mga imports

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TBFLMGYQ6VOQOSMUUFHOML5VE Archie B

      same thing sa ibang koponan. are you aware na yung liga na iyan ay import-laden?

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