Coffee Mixers eye third straight crown in PBA

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SAN Mig Coffee Mixers try to secure their third consecutive title when it battles Talk ‘N Text on Thursday in Game 4 of the best-of-five titular series of the 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

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After taking a slim 2-1 lead following a pulsating 77-75 win in Game 3 last Wednesday, the Coffee Mixers can clinch their 12th championship crown if they will win over the Tropang Texters in the lone game at 8 p.m.

Coach Tim Cone’s team won the opening of the series via a 95-80 rout but the Tropang Texters refused to buckle down to pressure and bounced back 86-76 in Game 2 last Sunday.

The 16-time champion Cone will again lean on deadly trio Peter June Simon, Marc Pingris and two-time MVP James Yap, who connected the go-ahead basket to escape with the big win that kept their hope of a Granslam bid alive.

Import James Mays will again try to contain Best Import of the Conference awardee Richard Howell, who was limited only to 10 points but hauled down 22 rebounds, dished-off five assists and three steals the other day.

The 6’8 Mays led the Coffee Mixers with 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and five blocks.

“We have total respect for Talk ‘N Text. We will try to end the series on Thursday,” said Cone.

Coach Norman Black, however, hope the referees would be fair to both teams, saying contacts in the game should be called evenly.

“We got to put this loss behind us and look foward to Game 4 on
Thursday. I just hope that the game will be governed well to give us a fair chance of winning. If you’re calling fouls on one team, then the same should be on the other end.

That’s fairness in sports, fairness in the game,” stressed Black.

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