Petron eyes 2-0 lead-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
MANILA—Petron Blaze is determined to take a 2-0 lead, while San Mig Coffee vowed to boost its defense when they collide in Game 2 of the 38th PBA Governors Cup finals series at the Araneta Coliseum tonight.
The Blaze Boosters turned to the three-point zone to crush the Coffee Mixers, 100-84, in the opener of the series on Friday. Game 2 is at 4:45 p.m. today.
“We did not play well as a team in Game 1. We should bring a lot more. We should have focus and bring our best against Petron,” said Cone, a winner of 14 conference titles including one with San Mig Coffee.
Rookie coach Gee Abanilla of Petron, however, cautioned his wards of complacency, saying the Coffee Mixers are capable of coming back big.
“Winning Game one is actually nothing for now. This is a long series. We need to continue playing hard. We just have to grind more and no the things that we are expected to do,” said Abanilla, who is aiming to end Petron’s two-year title drought and win the 20th crown for the San Miguel Beer franchise.
As usual, attention will be on the two imports and Petron’s 6’5” Elijah Millsap had a better night in Game 1 with 35 points on 48 percent shooting from the field. He also had 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one block and assist in 45 minutes of action.
The 6’5” Marqus Blakely played for 42 minutes and settled for 23 points on a high 53.8 shooting from the field and hauled down 14 rebounds. He also had four assists, three steals and two blocks.
He finished with three turnovers and only made one of three 3-point attempts.
Petron played a well-balanced game in the opening match of the series with six players hitting in double figures compared to four for the Coffee Mixers. Two-time MVP James Yap was a little bit lukewarm with only eight points, five rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes of play, way below his average of 11.5 per game.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 13, 2013.