SAN Mig Coffee Mixers will try to snatch their 10th title as they face Petron Blaze at 8 p.m. tonight in Game Six of the best-of-seven titular series of the 38th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
After leading the series, 3-2, coach Tim Cone said he is expecting the Blaze Boosters to bounce back, which would make the game more challenging.
“They [Petron] are really a great team. As the series gets longer it gets harder. The next game gonna be harder than Game Five, we just got to rely on our guys and just play. It’s 3-2, I’ve been here before,” said Cone, who is also aiming for his 15th title as a coach, a goal which when accomplished will equal the legendary Baby Dalupan’s distinction as the most winningest in the league.
If they win tonight, San Mig will also secure their second Governor’s Cup crown, a plum they last won in 2002 under then coach Ryan Gregorio.
For his part, coach Gee Abanilla, is expected to make several adjustments especially in their defense that allowed the Coffee Mixers to shoot better in the field goal (55-42) during Game Five. San Mig also converted 53 percent on 8-of-15 in the three-point zone compared to Petron’s only 40 percent on 15-of-37 attempts. They also posted 29 assists against only 18 of their opponent’s and committed 11 turnovers against 13 of the Blaze Boosters.
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).
Meanwhile, PBA Commissioner Chito Salud approved the trade involving Ginebra’s Kerby Raymundo and JR Reyes of Meralco.
The trade will enable the 6’6 Raymundo to be reunited with his former coach Ryan Gregorio. They were together with Purefoods when they won three conference titles in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
With the transfer of Raymundo, Meralco Bolts has completed its revamp that includes the acquisition of Gary David from Globalport, Mike Cortez and Nelbert Omolon from Air 21 and Rabeh Al-Hussaini from Talk ‘N Text.