SAN Mig Coffee continues its chase of a Grand Slam as it battles Rain or Shine today in Game One of the best-of-five titular series of the 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Even with their 95-94 win over the Coffee Mixers in their lone game in the short elimination round last June 16, coach Yeng Guiao admitted the tremendous odds facing coach Tim Cone’s team at 8 p.m.
Both the Coffee Mixers and the Elasto Painters gone through an eye of a needle before disposing off seperate opponents in the best-of-five semifinal round. San Mig Coffee prevailed over Talk ‘N Text, 3-2, while Rain or Shine disposed off Alaska Aces with similar 3-2 score to reach the Finals for the second time in the last three conferences.
The 16-time champion Cone, the most winningest coach in the league, said that the quest for a Grand Slam is much harder this time than in 1996, the last time he won the elusive triple crown with the Alaska Aces during the time of Johnny Abarrientos, Jojo Lastimosa, Jeffrey Cariaso and Dickie Backmann. “It’s a bit tougher this time around in some ways. The conferences and the games have been so close together and it’s been a battle of attrition. Also, there are so many great teams to go through,” said Cone.