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Beermen trying not to get ahead of themselves despite winning streak

Defending champion San Miguel's resurgence as of late has brought hopes that the Beermen could possibly contend for a top two spot in the playoffs.

SMB has every reason to be excited these days, having won its last three games to move to an even 3-3 card, good for fifth spot in the standings.

Rain or Shine leads with a tournament-best 7-1 card, followed by Alaska and TNT at 6-1 and Meralco at 5-2.

But coach Leo Austria isn't thinking of the top two finish at the moment, knowing that San Miguel's opponent, GlobalPort, is expected to come out and bring its A-game as well.

"We just need to stay in the moment, whatever is right in front of us," Austria said ahead of the Beermen's game against the Batang Pier on Wednesday.

San Miguel chalked up its first win after hammering Phoenix, 106-94. Austria's wards then outlasted the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 104-97, before smashing the Columbian Dyip, 129-117.

Austria said the Beermen have prepared without Fil-German rookie Christian Standhardinger, who is fresh from a stint with the Philippine team in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup.

The 6-8 Standhardinger has missed the Beermen's last two games due to a knee injury and will be a game-time decision against the Batang Pier.

SMB import Renaldo Balkman and June Mar Fajardo are expected to take the lead against GlobalPort, though Austria noted that their opponents are no pushovers due to their stacked-up roster that includes import Malcolm White, Stanley Pringle, Sean Anthony and Mo Tautuaa.