COACH Tim Cone of San Mig Coffee is expecting top seed Talk ‘N Text to put up a tough fight when they collide today in Game Two of the best-of-five semifinals of the 39th Philippine Basketball Association Governor’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Grandslam-seeking Coffee Mixers, fresh from their 92-88, overtime victory in Game One on Thursday, are aiming to post a commanding 2-0 lead against the Tropang Texters in the lone 5 p.m. game.
Tim Cone remains confident even with the injury of top guns Peter June Simon, James Yap and Joe Devance, saying it’s not an excuse not to play tough. The winner between San Mig Coffee and Talk ‘N Text will face the victor between Rain or Shine and Alaska in the best-of-five titular series.
“I’ve always told our players, injuries are no excuse. It’s part of the game and you have to play tough despite of it. Other teams have injuries as well and you just have to continue to battle. I don’t know how bad James [Yap] injury is. It could be anything scary,” said Cone.
Yap injured his foot in the fourth quarter and left the game after scoring 13 points in Game One, while Joe Devance also left during the fourth period because of a back problem. He finished with nine points and six rebounds.
“We lost PJ, then James hurt his foot. Joe [Devance] too. The guys we have right now are battling and grinding,” added Cone, who is aiming for the Coffee Mixers’ first Grandslam since joining the league in 1988 and his 17th title as a coach.