PBA  FIESTA:  IMPORT BURGESS,  SEIGLE  POWER  BEERMEN

ARANETA COLISEUM, March 9, 2005 
(STAR) By Nelson Beltran -  Import Chris Burgess doesn’t mind doing the dirty work and Danny Seigle is only too willing to carry the scoring load for San Miguel Beer.

Burgess once again imposed his intimidating presence at the paint while Seigle had another productive offensive game, powering the Beermen to a second straight win with an 88-77 whipping of the Coca-Cola Tigers in the Gran Matador PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum last night.

The two also played stellar roles in their 82-73 thrashing of the Alaska Aces Friday with Burgess coming up with 22 rebounds and the same number of points and Seigle leading all scorers with 23 points.

"He (Burgess) fits into our system. He works hard and that really matters," said San Miguel coach Jong Uichico as he was all praises of his prized import.

Burgess actually struggled offensively, going 5-of-14 from the field but he more than made up for it with 18 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 47 minutes of action.

"It’s really not the stats that he’s showing, but the things he brings into the team. Chris helps us a lot," Uichico said.

Uichico, however, stressed he’s not yet fully satisfied with the performance of the Beermen as a team.

"We’re still not yet playing the way we should as a team. But we’re making the efforts," said Uichico. "We have great individual players, but to make good as one cohesive unit is something we still have to work on."

Seigle had the most number of touches and attempts for the Beermen but he proved up to the task, making 29 points that went with three rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Dondon Hontiveros followed with 22 while Olsen Racela was the only other Beerman who finished in double figures with 10.

Jaja Richards made big improvement from his so-so debut versus Sta. Lucia Friday, logging 20 points and 16 rebounds to no avail for the Tigers.

But it took the Beermen a decisive 9-4 run in the homestretch to eventually break the Tigers’ back after keeping on charging, challenging and rallying from double-digit deficits.

Coca-Cola threatened the last time at 73-77 on a five-point binge by Richards punctuated by a thunderous slam off Nic Belasco.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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