San Mig fights back

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Saturday, April 12, 2014


MANILA—San Mig Coffee displayed deadly and hacked out an 80-70 win over Rain or Shine on Sunday to tie the best-of-seven series at 1-1 in the 39th PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Coffee Mixers coming off a heartbreaking 83-80 setback in Game 1, came up with better defense and were consistent in their perimeter shots to douse the Elasto Painters offense. They will break the tie on Wednesday at 8 p.m. also at the Big Dome.

“Our guys were surprisingly ready. I thought they might be a little bit tired after Game 1 but we came out strong today. We did not shoot that well in the first half but we were defending well. We kept strong and kept our poise until the end,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone.

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James Yap, Marc Pingris and Joe Devance played true to form to lead by as many as 18 points thrice, the last was at 75-57 with still 4:49 remaining.

They started strong by taking a 20-13 lead in the opening canto, which later ballooned to 37-24 at the half behind Alex Mallari and Peter June Simon’s sniping.

And from there, what was expected to be a close game turned out to be a lopsided affair for the Coffee Mixers, who are aiming for their 11th crown in the league.

Simon paced San Mig with 15 points, Joe Devance and two-time MVP Yap had 13 apiece. Pingris and Ian Sangalang combined for 21 points as five of 10 players fielded by Cone finished with double figures in a well-balanced game.

Jeff Chan led Rain or Shine with 18 points but was the only player to come up with double digits. Jervi Cruz managed only 8; Beau Belga and Paul Lee settled for seven each.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 12, 2014.

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