IT’S the moment of truth for Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee as they dispute the 38th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup crown in a do-or-die battle at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Tthe Blaze Boosters and the Coffee Mixers are locked (3-3) in the best-of-seven titular series following Petron’s 99-88 victory in Game Six on Wednesday. Petron won Game One (100-84) and Game Three (90-68) but San Mig took Game Two (100-93), Game Four (88-86) and Game Five (114-103).
The 6-foot-5 import Elijah Millsap provided the needed lift in the pivotal period and finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
“We will come out more prepared on Friday. It’s already game seven of the Finals and it’s anybody’s ball game now. This is a dream of coaches and players to be in this tight situation. We will do our best to represent the organization well,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla.
Coach Tim Cone of San Mig likewise said they will suit up with a lot of firepower and improve execution of their game plan, which he said was missing in Game Six.
”We cannot play against Petron without all cylinders firing. We have to be precise in our execution in both sides of the floor. To beat Petron three games straight is very hard to do. We will go for it on Friday,” stressed Cone.
San Mig is aiming for its 10th title since joining the league as Purefoods Hotdogs in 1988. They won their first and only Governor’s Cup only in 2002 under coach Ryan Gregorio, while the Blaze Boostersare looking for their fifth Governor’s Cup crown.