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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
MANILA—San Mig Coffee Mixers will try and secure their third consecutive title when it battles Talk ‘N Text in Game 4 of the best-of-five titular series of the 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City today.
After taking a slim 2-1 lead following a pulsating 77-75 win in Game 3 last Tuesday, the Coffee Mixers can clinch their 12th championship crown if they will win over the Tropang Texters in the lone game at 8 p.m.
Coach Tim Cone’s Coffee Mixers won the opening of the series via a 95-80 rout but the Tropang Texters refused to buckle down to pressure and bounced back 86-76 in Game 2 last Sunday.
The 16-time champion Cone will again lean on the deadly trio of Peter June Simon, Marc Pingres and two-time MVP James Yap, who connected the go-ahead basket to escape with the big win that kept their hope of a Granslam bid alive.
Import James Mays will again try to contain Best Import of the Conference awardee Richard Howell, who was limited only to 10 points but hauled down 22 rebounds, dished-off five assists and three steals the other day. The 6’8” Mays led the Coffee Mixers with 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and five blocks.
“We have total respect for Talk “N Text. We will try to end the series on Thursday (today),” said Cone.
Coach Norman Black, however, hopes the referees would be fair to both teams, saying contacts in the game should be called evenly.
“We got to put this loss behind us and look foward to Game 4 on Thursday. I just hope that the game will be governed well to give us a fair chance of winning. If you're calling fouls on one team, then the same should be on the other end. That's fairness in sports, fairness in the game,” stressed Black, whose Texters are aiming for their 7th title and second Commissioner's cup crown since joining in the league in 1990.
Both teams were almost even in all departments of the game in Game 3 that resulted to 10 lead changes and 10 deadlocks except in the field goal shooting where the Coffee Mixers came up with a better 48.5 percent on 32-of-66 compared to only 32.6 percent on 30-of-92 for the Texters.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 15, 2014.