It’s tied again!-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
MANILA — San Mig Coffee squandered a big 28-point lead in the second quarter but recovered on time to carve an 88-86 win on Friday and tie the best-of-seven series anew, 2-2, in the 38th PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Coffee Mixers leaned on five points from the free throw line courtesy of Mark Barroca, Peter June Simon and Alex Mallari to escape with the victory and reduced the long series to a best-of-three affair.
They will break the deadlock on Sunday at 4:45 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum.
Coach Tim Cone’s Coffee Mixers, more determined to bounce back after a devastating 90-68 setback in Game 3 on Wednesday, started strong and jumped to an early 21-11 upperhand. San Mig then made it 33-13 on Joe Devance triple and Marqus blakely’s basket as they shot an impressive 74 percent from the field in the first 12 minutes of action.
Barroca and Simon then teamed up to put up a 28-point lead, 49-21, their biggest lead, with still 3:35 remaining in the second period.
Meanwhile, Arwind Santos of Petron was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the first time after seven years. The 32-year-old Santos, a second overall pick by Air 21 in 2006, bested Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Talk ‘N Text guard Jason Castro for the prestigious individual trophy with a total of 2,840 points.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 19, 2013.