Coach Ariel Vanguardia directed Blackwater to a stunning 109-106 win over San Miguel Beer on Wednesday night at the PBA Commissioners Cup.
But that wasn’t the only sadness he caused.
After submitting the Beermen’s offer for a second Grand Slam jewel with a bad start following a great effort from Cameron Krutwig, Vanguardia voiced her displeasure at being “baked” over whether he was on the mend. consider import substitution.
“[Reporters] I’ll let me know if the Cam is the right import,” Vanguardia said annoyed after the game.
“Ewan ko ba dito sa mga ‘to, gusto na agad can pauwiin (I don’t know about these reporters, they want to [us] to bring someone home immediately),’ Vanguardia added, even pointing out a reporter – who he claimed to be – repeatedly asked if Krutwig should be given the pink slip.
Incidentally, no story of Krutwig being the replacement candidate has been written – at least not by writers who have asked him about his import performance before. Furthermore, the question is harmless because it is innocent.
Vanguardia was asked about Krutwig after Bossing was whipped 46 points by visiting Gulf Dragons. Krutwig showed his all-round value with 12 rebounds and eight assists against the Dragons, but struggled to strike, finishing with 11 points after shooting 5/16 (31%).
Krutwig has returned with a flourish since then, finishing with 20 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists and two interceptions against the Beermen.
Vanguardia eventually apologized to the writer as he walked out of the dressing room, but the moment created an uncomfortable situation as he broadcast his beef dish live in post-game interviews. play is shown on television and streaming platforms.
In front of stunned reporters, Vanguardia and Bossing were celebrating as if they had won the championship — for good reason.
Bossing took down a team of Beermen that had to deal with a last-minute situation regarding its import.
Thirty days after winning the Philippine Cup crown, the Beermen returned to the ring with a last-minute Diamond Stone signing in place of the injured and heavily touted Thomas Robinson.
Vanguardia said: “I told my players in the chat that this is the best time to beat San Miguel.
Stone, who played for Meralco as a second import at the 2018 Fiba Asian Championships (International Basketball Federation) Cup in Thailand, had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Beermen.
June Mar Fajardo was impressive as usual with 23 points and 16 rebounds, but the Beermen couldn’t get the job done despite a 15-point lead at one point.
Baser Amer put Blackwater ahead with a score of 107-106 when he scored a three-pointer while being fouled with 31 seconds left. He missed an additional free throw but Bossing widened the gap to three when Mike Ayonayon blocked CJ Perez’s starting pass and scored in the transition.
San Miguel attempted to equalize but Marcio Lassiter and Stone missed their three-pointers as time expired and Blackwater ended an eight-game slip against the perennial contenders.
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