San Mig wins it!-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
MANILA — San Miguel Coffee kept its composure down the stretch to carve an 87-77 win over Petron Blaze to win the Governors Cup and its 10th PBA title before a crowd of more than 21,000 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Defense did it for the Coffee Mixers as they held the Blaze Boosters to only 16 points while scoring 22 in the pivotal period. Marc Pingris, who was named the finals MVP, import Marqus Blakely and Mark Barroca led the Coffee Mixers spirited play that settled the best-of-seven titular series, 4-3.
Coach Tim Cone was ecstatic over their victory not only because they have won their second titles in the last five conferences and their second Governor’s Cup to become the fourth winningest in the league, he also tied the record of legendary Baby Dalupan with 15 crowns.
“I am totally shocked at how our guys were able to do that. I did very little coaching over the past few games, they didn’t play perfect basketball but they played perfect effort. Coach Gee Abanilla seemed to have reminded me of Erik Spoelstra, he keeps everybody together, he has done a tremendous job. We hit big shots, we got some blocked shots,” said Cone, who also talked about Dalupan.
“My first finals appearance was against coach Baby Dalupan. I was so intimidated coaching against him,” said Cone, who won 13 titles with the Alaska Aces.
San Mig, determined to win the crown after being derailed by Rain or Shine last year, was leading most of the way, but could not get ahead by more than six points, until a Peter June Simon and Pingris staged a 9-4 run that widened the gap, 74-65, still 8:07 remaining.
“I’m so humbled by this victory. These guys played so hard and they loved you so much,” said Cone, who won his second crown with the Purefoods franchise.
The 6’4” Pingres finished with 19 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots. He was also seven of eight from the free throw line.
Blakely also had a solid night with 19, including two off a crucial steal in the dying seconds, while Simon had 16. Joe Devance had 11 and Barroca finished with 10. Two-time MVP James Yap finished with 8 points.
Elijah Millsap topscored for Petron with 25, June Mar Fajardo settled for 20 and Marcio Lassiter had 11.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 26, 2013.