PBA: San Mig pounds Rain or Shine, levels series

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SAN Mig Coffee hacked out an 80-70 win over Rain or Shine on Sunday to level the PBA Philippine Cup championship series at one game all.
The Coffee Mixers, coming off an 83-80 setback in Game
One, came up with better defense and were consistent in their
perimeter shots to stop the Elasto Painters’ offense cold.
They will break the tie on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Big Dome.
“Our guys were surprisingly ready. I thought they might be a little bit tired after Game 1 but we came out strong today. We did not shoot that well in the first half but we were defending well. We kept strong and kept our poise until the end,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone.
James Yap, Marc Pingres and Joe Devance combined to push San Mig to an 18-point lead thrice, the last at 75-57 with 4:49
remaining.
They started strong by taking a 20-13 edge in the opening quarter which ballooned to 37-24 at the half behind Alex Mallari and Peter June Simon’s sniping.

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What was expected to be close game turned out to be a lopsided affair for the Coffee Mixers, who are aiming for their 11th crown in the league and the 16th for Cone.
Simon paced San Mig with 15 points, Joe Devance and two-time MVP Yap contributed 13 apiece.

Rookie Ian Sangalang added 10 as five of 10 players fielded by Cone finished with double figures.
Jeff Chan was top scorer for Rain or Shine with 18 but was the only player to come up with double digits.

FRANK CALAPRE

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