The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 80-70, to tie the best-of-seven championship of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at one game apiece Sunday, February 16 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Mark Pingris had another brilliant all around game with a double-double of 11 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks to power the Coffee Mixers to victory.
Peter June Simon took care of the scoring chores with a team-high 15 points while James Yap and Joe Devance each added 13 apiece more. Rookie Ian Sangalang had 10 to his credit.
The pivotal Game 3 is slated on Wednesday, February 19 also at the Big Dome again.
”Our guys were surprisingly ready,” said Cone in response to his wards’ tremendous performance. ”I thought they might be a little bit tired but we came out strong,”
While Game 1 was tight from the get-go, this match was the exact opposite as San Mig Coffee dominated the Elasto Painters from the opening horn up until the final buzzer with a remarkable bounce back win.
The Coffee Mixers led by double digits for most part of the game without even getting threatened.
”We kept strong and kept our poise the entire game,” said Cone, whose wards executed flawlessly on both ends of the court.
The Coffee Mixers started the game strong and finished stronger. Their lead peaked at 18 points on multiple occasions in the final quarter.
Jeff Chan scored a game-high 18 markers but he didn’t get enough support from his teammates.
SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE MIXERS 80 – Peter June Simon 15, Joe Devance 13, James Yap 13, Marc Pingris 11, Ian Sangalang 10, Alex Mallari 8, Mark Barroca 4, Rafi Reavis 4, Justin Melton 2, Jerwin Gaco 0.
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS 70 – Jeff Chan 18, Jervy Cruz 8, Gabe Norwood 8, Beau Belga 7, Paul Lee 7, Raymond Almazan 5, Jerick Teng 5, JR Quiñahan 3, Alex Nuyles 3, TY Tang 2, Jireh Ibañes 2, Larry Rodriguez 2, Ryan Araña 0, Chris Tiu 0.
Quarter scores: 20-13, 37-24, 58-48, 80-70.