first_imgArmed with a five-time MVP in June Mar Fajardo and a hardworking big man in Christian Standhardinger, San Miguel Beer added more talent when it acquired Terrence Romeo in an offseason trade. The Beermen unveil their beefed-up roster today as they try to push the debut of No. 1 overall pick CJ Perez of Columbian Dyip to the background. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWhile discussing his run of unsuccessful Finals stint in the PBA, Alaska coach Alex Compton could not escape centering some of his woes on San Miguel Beer.“There was San Miguel for three Finals. And June Mar (Fajardo) was always an issue,” said Compton. A pause and then a realization: “Then they added Christian (Standhardinger) and now they added Terrence (Romeo). Kawawa ang liga.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raymond Almazan looks to put a rocky episode behind him when he returns for duty for Rain or Shine in the nightcap against NLEx at 7 p.m.The Road Warriors, for their part, will now be drawing boost in the post courtesy of defensive specialist Poy Erram, who reportedly wanted a change of scenery and was granted that much by former team Blackwater.Elasto Painters mentor Caloy Garcia is also ready to move on from the fiasco involving his center: “We’re positive. We just have to be focused this season.”“We hope we can bring the positivity we built in the off-season to our campaign this year,” he added.NLEX tactician Yeng Guiao is excited to see Erram play for the Road Warriors.“We had to pay a high price for him,” he said. “We lost Mike (Miranda), Dave (Marcelo), Alex (Mallari) and of course two of our picks. Imagine all of those just for him?”“He has to be really valuable,” Guiao added.NLEX will try to improve its semifinal finish in last year’s Philippine Cup with Kevin Alas also returning from an ACL injury that sidelined him for the majority of last season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But if Romeo, who said he is willing to tone down his isolation flair to fit himself into the Beermen’s team-first system, turns out to be a hit for San Miguel then Compton may be right. The whole league is in trouble.But such depth comes with responsibilities.“We’re dealing with great pressure, because as people say, we’re the team to beat,” admitted Fajardo, who won a fifth straight MVP plum—a league record.“We’re just looking to defend the crown. We know it’s not going to be easy, but we also know that it’s not impossible. We just have to play as a team and follow coach’s system.”Romeo, whose troubled stint with TNT ended in a reported demand by key KaTropa players for his ouster, won’t be the only player getting a fresh start.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img MOST READ For cultivating Alaska culture, Uytengsu gets lifetime achievement award Beermen coach Leo Austria, however, said the team is just a paper giant right now, whose worth can only be proven “on the court.”On Friday, the Beermen get to do just that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe reigning four-time Philippine Cup champions open defense of their all-Filipino dynasty as they finally get to test their souped-up roster when they take on Columbian Dyip at 4:30 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome.The Dyip have something to show for after the Draft, having tabbed and signed former Lyceum star CJ Perez. But there is little in terms of talent that Columbian can parade against the Beermen, whose trade for the controversial Romeo has been viewed as a high-risk, high-reward situation. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more