Peter June Simon provided the points and the sustained brilliance of Marc Pingris all game long provided everything else as the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers led from the start to post a wire-to-wire 90-83 victory over the Talk N Text Tropang Texters last Monday, January 21 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Coffee Mixers thus posted a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three quarterfinal series in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup.
Simon scored a game-high 20 points. Joe Devance chipped in 13 markers. Marc Barroca had 11 points. Superstar James Yap continued to show signs of improvement after being sidelined with an elbow injury by chipping in 11 points.
The Super Coffee Mixers, who spent the early weeks of the conference languishing in the cellar, notched their fifth win in a row and are now just a win away from booking a seat in the Final Four. They get the first of two cracks on Friday.
The confident Coffee Mixers of San Mig Coffee erected their biggest lead of 15 points, 50-35, early in the third period.
The Texters mounted a comeback with Danny Seigle and Jason Castro on the firing end. They threatened at 66-71 with 10 minutes remaining but another torrent of points put the game on ice for San Mig Coffee.
Simon led the Mixers with 20 points while Castro led the scoring for the Texters with 24.
Simon went 7-of-14 from the field and finished with a game-high 20 points that went with seven rebounds as he led the Mixers to the threshold of the Final Four of this tourney which they ruled in 2010 before the Texters succeeded and started their reign.
“We had a pretty good start and we played well from start to finish,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
Talk n Text recruit Canaleta was virtually a non-factor for the Tropang Texters. Canaleta knocked in two treys and a twinner in his Talk N Text debut.
“I’ve got veterans and they perk up come playoff time. They know what the playoffs is about. This is the time when you create your reputation, your contracts. They perk up. You can see that during practices,” said Cone in a published report.
SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 90 – Peter June Simon 20, Joe Devance 12, Mark Barroca 11, James Yap 11, Marc Pingris 10, Yancy De Ocampo 9, Alex Mallari 6, Ian Sangalang 6, Justin Melton 5, Rafi Reavis 0.
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS 83 – Jason Castro 24, Danny Seigle 15, Jimmy Alapag 12, Ranidel De Ocampo 11, KG Canaleta 8, Larry Fonacier 5, Kelly Williams 4, Harvey Carey 4, Aaron Aban 0, Ali Peek 0, Rob Reyes 0, Jai Reyes 0.
Quarters: 15-13, 40-32, 69-60, 90-83.