“It’s Death 15”, says Jorge Gallent on new look Beermen

The formidable San Miguel Beermen posed a perplexing challenge for PBA coaches and players during the 2010s with their enigmatic Death Five lineup.

Led by June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Marcio Lassiter, the Beermen seemed indomitable as they clinched multiple championships under the leadership of then head coach Leo Austria.

However, their dominance waned when Fajardo sustained a shin injury and Santos and Cabagnot departed for other teams.

Nevertheless, discussions about a potential new Death Five have surfaced on various social media platforms following the arrival of import Bennie Boatwright in the ongoing PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup.

Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel coach Tim Cone noted that with Boatwright stepping in for Santos, the lethal starting five has experienced a renaissance of sorts.

“They have their own version of Death 5, except Boatwright is playing Arwind Santos’ role,” said Cone shortly after the Gin Kings dropped the semis opener.

Discussions surrounding the topic gained momentum following Boatwright’s impressive 38-point performance in a 106-96 victory, positioning SMB favorably for a Finals berth in Game 3 on Sunday.

However, San Miguel coach Jorge Gallent offers a divergent perspective on the matter.

“Everybody’s capable. There’s no Death Five here. It’s Death 15,” said Gallent after the Beermen snatched Game 2.

“Everybody’s good here. They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t good.”

Jeron Teng’s impactful performance off the bench on Friday was crucial for the Beermen, as noted by Gallent. Despite scoring only seven points, Teng’s defensive contributions were instrumental in securing the victory.

“We knew Jeron was a teammate of (Maverick) Ahanmisi. We made him play defense (on) him because he was getting open a lot. Jeron did a good job when he was called,” said Gallent.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s game against the Gin Kings, Gallent and the team are well aware that they cannot afford to underestimate their opponents and will need everyone to step up once again.

“Ginebra is a mighty team and is well-coached. We just have to come out in Game 3 and play as hard.”

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