SAN Mig Coffee will be aiming to establish a comfortable 2-0 lead when it faces Meralco Bolts at 7:15 p.m. today in the best-of-five semifinals battle of the 2013 Philippine Basketball Association Governor’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Coffee Mixers employed a decisive run in the final half to post an 83-73 win over the Meralco B-Boys on Sunday in the opening game of the series, which multi-awarded coach Tim Cone described as a battle of attrition.
Cone said that defense was the key in their victory.
“It was a great defensive battle. We got down to executing defense, which got us some transition baskets,” said Cone.
Marc Pingres led the Coffee Mixers’ defense that held the Bolts to only 36 percent shooting from the field. Even Meralco import Mario West was limited to just nine points on a low 18 percent shooting, succeeding in only three-of-16 attempts. The 6’5 West was also limited to only 10 rebounds, which was a far cry from his average 28.33 points per game. Pingres said that they are expecting West and Meralco to come out stronger in Game Two.