• San Mig Coffee aim to stretch lead to 3-1

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    SAN Mig Coffee aim to post a commanding 3-1 lead when it battle Ginebra today in Game 4 of the best-of-seven semifinals series of the 39th Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Though they are now enjoying a 2-1 lead in the series following a 97-89 victory in Game 3 on Sunday, coach Tim Cone said he needs another win today to be comfortable.

    Game time is set at 8 p.m.

    “It’s gonna be a tough series, we are still not comfortable having a 2-1 lead. We need to be A-plus to beat Ginebra,” said Cone, who is aiming for his 16th title as a coach and 11th overall for San Mig Coffee (formerly Purefoods).

    Cone who already led San Mig Coffee to two conference crowns since leaving the Alaska Aces in 2011, believes that Ginebra would come back strong citing its never-say-die character.

    The winner between San Mig and Ginebra faces the victor between Petron and Rain or Shine in the best-of-seven titular series. The Elasto Painters are leading against the Blaze Boosters, 3-1 in their best-of-seven semifinals battle.

    Both the Coffee Mixers and the Kings were almost even in all departments during Game 3, except in the three-point area where the Coffee Mixers notched 53 percent on 8-of-15, three from June Peter Simon while two each from Joe Devance and Justin Melton plus one from Mark Barroca. The Kings’ in comparison converted only four-of-13 attempts for a low 30.8 percent.
    Frank Calapre

    Game Wednesday
    (Araneta Coliseum)
    8:00 p.m.- San Mig Coffee vs. Ginebra (Semis: Game 4)

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