San Mig Coffee outshines RoS to even PBA finals at 1-1
MANILA, Philippines - The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers were no longer containable once they got out of the gates strong.
San Mig Coffee avenged their first game loss with an 80-70 drubbing of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Sunday, February 16 in their best-of-7 Finals in the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
"It turned out pretty good. Our guys were surprisingly ready. They surprised me, I thought they were a little warm and tired," said Mixers head coach Tim Cone.
"We came out strong. Our first group came out with a lot of energy and our second group defended the heck out of everybody."
The Mixers zoomed right away to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter and even made that 18-7 on a James Yap jumper, as they clicked on all cylinders offensively and had their defense going at the same time.
They held Rain or Shine from beyond the arc in the first half as the Painters had no 3-pointers in 10 attempts.
The Mixers' 10-man team beat the Painters' 14-man rotation as PJ Simon led the charge with 15 points.
For the Painters, Jeff Chan carried the load by himself with 18 points. Jervy Cruz and Gabe Norwood followed suit with 8 points apiece.
The Mixers' defense also worked tremendously well on the break as they kept Rain or Shine's fastbreak points to just a measly 5 markers.
San Mig Coffee led by as much as 18 points, 77-59, with 4:03 remaining before Jeff Chan made the final score respectable with a triple at the last buzzer.
There were zero lead changed and zero deadlocks all game as Rain or Shine barely threatened.
"We kept strong and kept our poise. We get this thing down to a best-of-5," Cone added.
"We feel like this team is evolving into a big game team."
The series is now tied at 1-1 and Game 3 will be on Wednesday, February 19.
San Mig Coffee 80: Simon 15, Devance 13, Yap 13, Pingris 11, Sangalang 10, Mallari 8, Barroca 4, Reavis 4, Melton 2, Gaco 0.
Rain or Shine 70: Chan 18, Cruz 8, Norwood 8, Belga 7, Lee 7, Almazan 5, Teng 5, Quinahan 3, Nuyles 3, Tang 2, Ibanes 2, Rodriguez 2, Arana 0, Tiu 0.
Quarter scores: 20-13, 37-24, 58-48, 80-70. - Rappler.com