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San Mig tries to extend lead in championship

San Mig Super Coffee Mixers Peter June Simon keeps Rain or Shine Elasto Painters defender Jerick Teng at bay with his left hand even as he tries drive to the hoop. San Mig is leading the best-of-seven championship of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup, 2-1.
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers Peter June Simon keeps Rain or Shine Elasto Painters defender Jerick Teng at bay with his left hand even as he tries drive to the hoop. San Mig is leading the best-of-seven championship of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup, 2-1. PBA Image/Nuki Sabio

To the edge.

The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers try to put the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on the ropes and the brink of elimination as they try to get a tighter grip of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup Finals.

Already ahead 2-1 in their best-of-seven title showdown, the Coffee Mixers want nothing more than to push the Elasto Painters to the end of their rope as they resume hostilities with Game 3 scheduled 8 p.m. Friday, February 21 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

A 3-1 lead will push the Mixers within a game of the championship but of course, the Painters aren’t about to cooperate. Instead they would like to level the playing field again.

Just like Game 1, Game 3 was also decided during the final possession as both teams gave and took the best punches of each other before a squad eventually found a way to squeak its way to a victory.

The Coffee Mixers escaped with a slim 77-76 victory over the Elasto Painters as they showed a little more poise down the stretch to grind it through.

San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone’s biggest concern is fatigue. He hopes that their resiliency in terms of physical condition continues.

”I thought there were some stretches in the last game where our players got tired so we need to get our second wind now as we move deeper in the series,” said Cone.

”We’re playing really well and grinding out tough games. We’re a bit on a roll and we must continue that. This is a tough series against Rain or Shine and it’s good to be a part of it.”

Just like in Game 2, the veterans stepped up for San Mig Coffee. Peter June Simon, Joe Devance and James Yap showed the way once more.

For Rain or Shine, the team best known for its physical approach, needs to get back to its old style of play to level the series.

Ace playmaker Paul Lee tallied 23 points in Game 3 but didn’t have enough support from teammates Jeff Chan, Beau Belga and Jervy Cruz.

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