San Mig Super Coffee Mixers guard James Yap, his elbow heavily padded, fires a jumper over Air21 Express import Wes Witherspoon. The Mixers battle the Express in Game 3 of their semifinal playoff in the 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA Image/Nuki Sabio
With a victory each in the best-of-five semifinal playoff of the 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, San Mig Coffee and Air21 battle to gain an all-important edge when they clash 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2.
The Super Coffee Mixers and the Express battle in a crucial Game 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After losing the opener, San Mig Super Coffee bounced back to beat Air21, 82-75, in Game 2 and snap the three-game playoff winning streak of the Express and tie the series.
San Mig won Game 2 by going back to its roots. San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone said he is glad that his squad regained its defensive mindset.
”We came back to our character. We are a defensive team. We came back to the tempo that we wanted to be in and that’ll help us,” said Cone.
Though it seemed that the back-to-back champions sent the Express crashing back to earth, Cone doesn’t expect Air21 to lie down and roll over. Cone said he expects a tough game from the surprise semifinalists.
”They’re (Air21) a competitive team at this point. They are not going to fall back,” said Cone.
The defensive mindset that Cone mentioned was the decider in Game 2.
Air21 top gunners Sean Anthony and import Wesley Witherspoon were limited by the San Mig Coffee defense to just eight points, apiece.
If the Express want another victory in the series Anthony and Witherspoon will have to step up and score points.
San Mig Super Coffee import James Mays was huge in Game 2 with his 25-point production and he obviously needs to continue his production for the Coffee Mixers to win.