SAN Mig playmaker Mark Barroca is hopeful Sunday’s team dinner and get-together in coach Tim Cone’s house at Alabang Hills will rejuvenate the injury-plagued Mixers after a 0-2 start to the season.
“Maganda nga yung ganun eh (team dinner) kasi parang back-to-zero kami. Parang ang unang game namin sa season eh yung sa Wednesday (against Petron),” Barroca told Spin.ph on Monday.
San Mig, the newly-crowned Governors Cup champion, opened the season with back-to-back losses, suffering a 69-86 drubbing at the hands of Barangay Ginebra followed by an 80-84 loss to bitter rival Alaska.
They Said It!
“It’s just keeping the family together." - San Mig coach Tim Cone
Barroca said they had their morning practice on Sunday at the Gatorade Hoops Center, before heading to Cone’s house with their wives and kids in the afternoon to spend time with the Cone family.
“Masaya, kumain kami tapos nagkantahan yung mga rookies saka ibang mga teammates namin,” said Barroca, one of the few bright spots to San Mig's season averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the team's first two games.
Cone said the dinner he hosted at his home was "nothing special," saying it was something they have done in the past.
“That’s just a dinner with the team. It was just a regular gathering, just hanging out for date, no big deal. It’s just keeping the family together,” the multi-titled PBA coach said.
The Mixers are one of several teams who are opening the season with injuries. Fil-Am forward Joe Devance is still dealing with patellar tendinitis on his knee while Peter June Simon is nursing tendinitis on his Achilles.
During the team’s 17-point loss to Barangay Ginebra five, rookie guard Justin Melton went down with a fractured left ring finger while trying to go for a fastbreak against the Gin Kings’ Chris Ellis.