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Allyn Bulanadi says he is ‘extra motivated’ in SMB compared to rookie year

ANTIPOLO — Allyn Bulanadi quickly proved his worth with San Miguel following an impressive debut in their PBA Governors’ Cup opener, Sunday night.

The sophomore winger came off the bench and fired 16 points spiked by three triples, alongside three rebounds and a steal in almost 18 minutes of play.

As a result, the Beermen kept Phoenix Super LPG winless through a 114-93 rout.

He produced 13 of his points in the first half, six of which he made in the first period where his side erupted for 42 to kick-start the dominant win.

Yet Bulanadi remained far from satisfied with the way he played for a team as stacked as his new home. Instead, he finds himself looking forward to doing better next game.

“‘Di pa naman ako contented,” he said moments after the match at the Ynares Center here. “Gusto pang dagdagan ‘yung performance ko para sa next game.”

The former Gilas Pilipinas member found himself ending up in San Miguel after being traded by NorthPort for Paul Zamar and a future second-round pick – just a day after being shipped to the Batang Pier by Converge.

Naturally, he felt shocked upon receiving the news of being traded twice in 48 hours, but is also aware that it’s all part of their lives as pros.

“Actually, oo. Kasi ‘di ko in-expect ‘yon eh,” said Bulanadi. “Unang-una naman is acceptance lang, yun lang siguro. Then move on, back to work.”

Go back to work he did, and that paid dividends with a first game to remember for him with the Beermen, enough to please head coach Jorge Gallent.

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“Allyn’s always been a shooter,” said the newly-appointed chief mentor. “When we played against him against Converge, he was just doing the same things there. And he’s just doing the same things here.

“So I’m very happy for his game as well as a San Miguel Beerman, and I just hope he keeps it up,” Gallent added.

Bulanadi, though, admitted that he had an extra push to ball out in his SMB debut, given the journey he’s had in the professional ranks thus far.

“Extra motivated lang ako, kasi sobrang daming teams na rin,” said the San Sebastian product.

“Everyday, wala naman akong ginawang pagbabago sa routine ko. Extra motivated lang talaga ako.”

The second game of each PBA gameday is live-streamed on SMART Sports.

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