Nov 21, 2021

Enciso hopeful of finally winning a title with SMB

SIMON Enciso hopes to live up to the winning culture of San Miguel Beer in a bid to finally nail his first ever PBA championship.

The Fil-Am guard said he's ready to bring whatever the Beermen ask of him, being the latest recruit of the proud franchise for the season-ending Governors' Cup.

"I just kind of keeping it simple. I just kind of adopt to what the team needs, whether it's my defense, shooting, or a solid point guard to run a team and give those guys their touches," said Enciso.

"Like what I told coach (Leo Austria), I'm willing to do any of those things. I just want to win my first championship."

The new member of the San Miguel side shared his thoughts about joining the league's most accomplished team when he appeared in the weekly sports show The Chasedown on One PH.

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The 30-year-old Enciso landed with the Beermen following a one-on-one trade with Terrafirma Dyip for the services of veteran Alex Cabagnot. He was earlier acquired by the Dyip on a separate deal in exchange for fellow Fil-Am Rashawn McCarthy.

Enciso was practicing with the Dyip for two weeks now when he found himself on the move again.

The Beermen are Enciso's sixth PBA team after stops with NLEX, Phoenix, Alaska, TnT Tropang Giga, and Blackwater.

Twice he made the finals while with the Aces and the Tropang Giga, but both times finished runner-up during the 2018 Governors' Cup and the 2020 Philippine Cup, respectively.

By joining another franchise known for its winning tradition, Enciso is keeping his fingers crossed he'll finally get the championship that has eluded him the past six years.

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"That's the goal. That's the goal for everybody in the team to be at the top," stressed the California native guard.

"That's my mindset right now to kind of adopt to what San Miguel needs from me. That's kind of where I am right now."

The 5-foot-11 Enciso, a second-round pick of Rain or Shine in the 2015 draft, already practiced for a week with the Beermen, and he's just happy being able to be teammates now with the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, Terrence Romeo, CJ Perez, and the rest of the team.

"It's good having them on your team instead of competing against them," a smiling Enciso said. (RG)