Monday, October 21, 2013

San Mig Coffee beats Petron in PBA Finals Game 5 (REPLAY VIDEO)

The San Mig Coffee Mixers took one step closer to completing their unfinished business with a rousing 114-103 victory over the Petron Blaze Boosters on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The victory gave San Mig Coffee a 3-2 lead in the PLDT Telpad Governors’ Cup finals.

Marqus Blakely played all 48 minutes to finish with 30 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists, while Mark Barroca came up big anew with 22 points and 10 assists to lead the Mixers’ balanced attack.

“It’s nice to be able to win back-to-back,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone, whose team took the upper hand for the first time in the series. “As the series gets longer, it gets harder.”

Peter June Simon added 17 points for the Mixers while James Yap had 14, including five straight points at a crucial juncture in the fourth quarter to put out the Petron rally.

Yancy De Ocampo joined the list of heroes for San Mig Coffee, scoring six of his 10 points in a crucial fourth quarter run, while Marc Pingris added nine points and 10 rebounds.

“The players were just playing their hearts out tonight,” said Cone. “It was a really good team effort.”

The scoring barrage from San Mig Coffee seemed to overwhelm Petron in the second half. Elijah Millsap and June Mar Fajardo combined for 38 points in the last two quarters, but the rest of the Boosters managed just 11 points over that span.

“They started missing a little bit in the second half,” said Cone.

Petron coach Gee Abanilla remained positive despite the defeat.

“San Mig just played really good basketball tonight,” he said. “Right now, we’re down but we’re not out.”

Millsap finished with 37 points and 14 rebounds while Fajardo continued to dominate in the paint with 23 and 16 for Petron. But season Most Valuable Player Arwind Santos continued to be missing in action for the Boosters, finishing with just two points after missing all his field goal attempts.

The Mixers have a chance to close the series out in Game Six on Wednesday, also set at the Big Dome.

“Just play,” said Cone. “That’s what we gotta do in Game Six.”



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