Mixers lead, 2-1

By: Calvin D. Cordova February 20,2014 - 10:12 AM

Locked in a see-saw battle, the San Mig Coffee Mixers turned to their big men down the stretch to survive the Rain or Shine Elasto, 77-76, last night in Game 3 of the 39th PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals at the Araneta Coliseum.

Joe Devance and Marc Pingris played beautiful music together in a crucial stretch, conniving in two big offensive plays as the Coffee Mixers made it two-in-a-row to grab the series lead, 2-1.
San Mig easily won Game 2, 80-70.

It was the first time since the semifinal round that San Mig won back-to-back games. Rain or Shine won Game 1, 83-80, on a game-winning lay-up by Paul Lee, who celebrated his birthday that day.

It was Devance’s turn to shine on his natal day as he gave himself a fitting birthday present with a stellar performance in the endgame.

Assisted by Pingris, Devance scored four straight points that gave the the Coffee Mixers a 77-74 lead with 2:59 to go.

San Mig would not score after that but did just enough to escape with the win.

A basket by Jervy Cruz pushed Rain or Shine within 76-77 with 1:24 to play. The two teams traded empty possessions and Rain or Shine had the chance to steal the lead when James Yap air-balled a three-point shot with 10.6 seconds to play.

The Elasto Painters, however, couldn’t capitalize in the next possession as Jeff Chan settled for a contested, long three-point shot that fell short.

Peter June Simon topped the Coffee Mixers with 14 points, while Devance and Yap contributed 13 points each. Rookie Ian Sangalang gave a good account of himself by chipping in 12 markers.

After scoring a combined 13 points in the first two games of the series, Paul Lee exploded for 23 markers in a losing cause.

SAN MIG (77) – Simon 14, Devance 13, Yap 13, Sangalang 12, Barroca 8, Pingris 7, Mallari 5, Reavis 4, Melton 1, De Ocampo 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 76 – Lee 23, Chan 11, Cruz 10, Almazan 7, Belga 6, Rodriguez 6, Quinahan 5, Norwood 4, Tiu 2, Ibanes 2, Tang 0, Teng 0.QUARTERSCORES: 19-20, 38-39, 63-64, 77-76.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Read Next

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

TAGS: basketball, PBA, San Mig Coffee Mixers

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.