San Mig Coffee needed two overtime periods to escape with a 92-83 win over Air 21 Express in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Rookie Ian Sangalang scored eight points in the second extension to secure the reigning Governor’s Cup champion Coffee Mixers’ first victory in four starts.
The Express remained at the bottom of the standing with a 0-4 slate.
“We just need a win, we need to come out with a win. And we don’t care whether it’s an ugly win or a beautiful win. We’ll take any win,” said San Mig coach
”We’ll try to keep ourselves going. PJ Simon is still out of shape, he didn’t have much wind. We got PJ Simon back, but lost James Yap, who injured his elbow (right hyper extended). He didn’t have his follow through. It’s luckily in the overtime we got some stops and got it.
The fouling out of 37-year-old big man Asi Tauvala with 4:45 remaining in the second overtime and the sixth foul of Vic Manuel in the last 14.9 seconds of the first overtime told on coach Franz Pumaren’s charges, as the Express were held to only four points in the final frame in a blazing 13-4 run by the Coffee Mixers.
The 6’9 Asi Taulava scored on a drive but San Mig’s Alex Mallari quickly retaliated with jumper to make it 69-all.
San Mig could have won the game in the first extension but Raffi Reavis fouled KG Canaleta in the three-point zone with no more time left.
Canaleta coolly sank the three free throws to forge a second extension.
Marc Pingres led the Coffee Mixers’ first victory in the All-Filipino conference with 15 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and a lone block shot.
Mark Barroca topscored for the Coffee Mixers with 19 points.
Joseph Yeo led the Express with 21 points.