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Elasto Painters, San Mig Super Coffee Mixers play Game 2 of Finals

San Mig Super Coffee Mixers big man Marc Pingris collects the rebound against Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters import Arizona Reid. The Elasto Painters battle the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of the best-of-five Finals of the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup 8 p.m., Thursday, July 3.  PBA Nuki Sabio
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers big man Marc Pingris collects the rebound against Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters import Arizona Reid. The Elasto Painters battle the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of the best-of-five Finals of the 2014 PBA Governors’ Cup 8 p.m., Thursday, July 3. PBA Nuki Sabio

The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers look to take another step closer to that coveted Grand Slam when they try to post a commanding 2-0 lead over the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters.

San Mig battles Rain Or Shine 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at the resumption of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Already holding a 1-0 edge, the Super Coffee Mixers want to move a game away from history if they win the next battle against Rain Or shine.

San Mig will be looking to follow-up their nail-biting, come-from-behind victory Tuesday, July 1 when they erased a 17-point deficit in the second half to snatch the 104-101 victory.

James Yap was again the big hero when he drilled a three-pointer followed by a field goal to tow his team to victory.

The win didn’t come without controversy. Rain Or Shine point guard Paul Lee had one final chance to send the game into overtime when he attempted a three-point in the dying seconds of the game.

San Mig big man Mark Pingris and Lee collided in mid-air but no foul was called on Pingris allowing San Mig to escape with the victory.

Meanwhile, GlobalPort Batang Pier which will have the top overall pick in the 2014 PBA Draft in August, will reportedly select Asean Basketball League star player Fil-Am Stanley Pringle as their pick.

GlobalPort earned the pick after a selection process presided over by PBA Commissioner Atty. Chito Salud that was widely criticized in social media as flawed. (See YouTube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODAaly7SPsU )

Outspoken Rain Or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was among the first to speak out against the selection process.

“We were not satisfied with the way the lottery was done, parang kulang lang sa credibility and transparency. Kasi, there was a box in the middle of the court. Ang nangyari is, they put three balls in a box na hindi transparent, tapos pinasok lang ni commissioner (Chito Salud) ang kamay niya. Eh kung ganun, mas mabuti pa sanang mag jack en poy na lang tayo,” said Guiao in a published report.

PBA Commissioner Atty. Chito Salud holds up the toy basketball with the paper cutout printed with the word "GLOBAL PORT" which he pulled out of a box.  The selection process, conducted during halftime of Game 1 between San Mig and Rain Or Shine, was widely criticized in social media as flawed. PBA/Nuki Sabio
PBA Commissioner Atty. Chito Salud holds up the toy basketball with the paper cutout printed with the word “GLOBAL PORT” which he pulled out of a box. The selection process, conducted during halftime of Game 1 between San Mig and Rain Or Shine, was widely criticized in social media as flawed. PBA/Nuki Sabio
Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters guard Gabe Norwood dives for the loose ball against San Mig Super Coffee Mixers import Marqus Blakely. The Elasto Painters battle the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of the best-of-five Finals of the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup 8 p.m., Thursday, July 3.  PBA Nuki Sabio
Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters guard Gabe Norwood dives for the loose ball against San Mig Super Coffee Mixers import Marqus Blakely. The Elasto Painters battle the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of the best-of-five Finals of the 2014 PBA Governors’ Cup 8 p.m., Thursday, July 3. PBA Nuki Sabio
Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters guard Jireh Ibañes drives past a triple-teaming San Mig Super Coffee Mixers defense with Ian Sanggalang, Allein Maliksi and import Marqus Blakely. The Elasto Painters battle the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of the best-of-five Finals of the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup 8 p.m., Thursday, July 3.  PBA Nuki Sabio
Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters guard Jireh Ibañes drives past a triple-teaming San Mig Super Coffee Mixers defense with Ian Sanggalang, Allein Maliksi and import Marqus Blakely. The Elasto Painters battle the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of the best-of-five Finals of the 2014 PBA Governors’ Cup 8 p.m., Thursday, July 3. PBA Nuki Sabio

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