San Miguel was short of manpower in the bubble last PBA season no thanks to injuries, but the remaining Beermen showed no shortage of heart. They all gallantly tried to hold the fort amidst the challenges that came their way.
Among those who did their best to carry the fight was Von Pessumal.
The 6-foot-2 sniper logged longer minutes in the bubble as SMB’s guard play took a major blow following the shoulder injury suffered by Terrence Romeo versus TNT, which led to his eventual departure from Clark.
Pessumal logged over 20 minutes in five games, including the match versus Terrafirma last Oct. 17. There, he had a season-high 17 points built on five three-pointers, helping his side earn its first win in the bubble, 105-98.
The Ateneo product averaged 6.6 points on 31-percent shooting from deep and 2.6 rebounds. His efforts, though, were not enough to help San Miguel extend its Philippine Cup dominion, instead bowing to Meralco in the quarters.
Still, Coach Leo Austria feels proud of the work Pessumal put in.
“I really like him,” said the four-time Baby Dalupan Coach of the Year awardee in a guest appearance in Tiebreaker Vodcasts’ Coaches Unfiltered, presented by SMART and supported by Mighty Sports.