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Thursday, February 20, 2014
MANILA—San Mig Coffee goes for a commanding 3-1 lead while Rain or Shine vowed to bounce back in the crucial Game 4 of the best-of-seven titular series of the 39th PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Even ace shooter Jeff Chan of the Elasto Painters admitted that today’s game set at 8 p.m is difficult and crucial since another setback would allow the Coffee Mixers to take a wide lead and completely dominate the series.
“We need now to work double time. It is really hard to win. Game 4 is much more difficult for us to be able to tie the series,” said the 6’2” Chan, a 17th overall pick by Red Bull in 2008.
He cited the need to improve in the rebound area, where San Mig ruled with 49 compared to Rain or Shine’s 39 in Game 3. San Mig also had a 50-47 edge in Game 2 and also won the battle of the boards, 55-45 in Game 1.
“I think our adjustments would be in the rebound department where we were lagging in the past three games. Kasi more possessions ‘yun eh. ‘Yun and kailangang naming ma-improve,” he added.
The Coffee Mixers, who are looking for their 11th crown and the 16th for coach Tim Cone, lost the opening game in the series, 83-80, but bounced back in the second with an 80-70 triumph. They leaned on Joe Devance’s two straight baskets in the crucial stretch and James Yap’s 11 points in the third quarter to escape with a 77-76 win in Game 3 last Wednesday for a 2-1 upperhand in the series.
“Just winning Game 3 is not good enough. I’m happy but I’m not contented until we win the championship. I don’t really judge myself with points and stats. Just my effort, how I lead the team and get everybody involved, “ said Devance, who celebrated his 32nd birthday last Friday.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 21, 2014.