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Thursday, October 17, 2013
MANILA—Coach Tim Cone vowed to prepare San Mig Coffee for a grueling Game 4, while Petron Blaze will gun for a a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven titular series of the 38th PBA Governors’ Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City today.
Import Elijah Millsap, slotman June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter led the Blaze Boosters fiery offense to win Game 3, 90-68, last Wednesday for a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 will be at 8 p.m. today.
“We made a couple of adjustments and we are very happy with the results. We hope Alex Cabagnot can come back on time. We will always play hard and give our best. If the opportunity comes to make it 3-1, we will go for it,” said Petron rookie coach Gee Abanilla.
Petron took Game 1, 100-84, but lost Game 2, 100-93.
For his part, the 14-time champion coach Tim Cone refused to bow down and promise the Coffee Mixers will bounce back strong.
“We did not prepare enough for the guys to play like that in Game 3. There’s nothing specific really what went wrong. We will just forget our setback and focus once more for Game Four,” said Cone, who is aiming for San Mig’s 10th conference crown.
The Blaze Boosters, one of the original members of the league having joined in 1975, is also aiming for their fifth Governors Cup crown, which they won for the last time in 2011. The Boosters are expected to use import Millsap as a point guard and the 6’10” rookie center June Mar Fajardo to dominate the paint.
“Something came up to our mind during the off-season and that is to try Elijah Millsap for the point-guard spot. We did it right,” added Abanilla.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2013.