After a tough 98-96 loss in overtime to the Indonesia Warriors at home last Friday, the Slammers will not be making it easy for the Beermen.
They have gotten back on track during their two last games especially if Chris Charles and Froilan Baguion continue their stellar stretch of play.
Charles has been spectacular for the Slammers and was unstoppable during his last game in which he scored 29 points and 27 rebounds in a 77-65 win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons at MABA Stadium, Malaysia. Charles is currently the league's leading rebounder with 18.67 rebounds per game and shot blocker with 5 blocks per game.
Baguion showed his leadership during the win over the Dragons. Down by double-digits in the first quarter, Baguion took over the game in the second half which sparked the Slammers' comeback and helped to boost his team's confidence level. Baguion was flirting with a triple-double after he scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists in that game.
Slammers' head coach Joe Bryant was understandably pleased with the effort from his team in the win over the Dragons. "We executed very well and we played smart basketball. Chris did a great job rebounding the ball and we also have a great point guard in Froilan," said Bryant after the win.
The Beermen will also be looking forward to this game as they are motivated to get back on the winning column. The Beermen have been shooting the ball very well in their last two games, scoring 196 points while shooting 52% from the field. They have also been dominating the rebound department as they are currently averaging 44.75 rebounds per game as a team. Gabe Freeman was unstoppable last Friday as he scored 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against the Indonesia Warriors. Freeman has impressed in his last two games which helped him to average a double-double this season with 19.5 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Brian Williams had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists while Eric Menk added 10 points for the Beermen last Friday. The Beermen would love to see last year's best local player Leo Avenido find his shooting touch in this game as Avenido only shooting 31% from the field in the first four games.