IF Barangay Ginebra has a never-say-die attitude, San Mig Coffee has the vast experience which it can turn to in Game Seven of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal duel on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Syempre nasa dugo na nila 'yun (never-say-die attitude). Kung ganun sila, siguro sa experience na lang kami lalamang sa kanila,” Mixers star point guard Mark Barroca said. “Mas marami kaming experience na do or die kaysa sa kanila.”
One does not have to look far to know how tested the Mixers are in this type of situation. In the quarterfinals, they went the three-game distance against Talk ‘N Text before outlasting the powerhouse Tropang Texters.
The Mixers were also pushed to the limit in the last Governors’ Cup Finals against another sister team in Petron.
“Ilang beses na rin kami nasa ganitong situation, so I’m sure kami lahat ready,” James Yap said.
“Talagang bigay mo na lahat. Wala nang bukas ‘to,” the Mixers superstar added. “Ilabas mo na lahat ng natutunan mo simula nung bata ka.”
Mixers coach Tim Cone can attest to how prepared his wards are.
“They’re a confident bunch. They’ve been here before. Not just me, but all these guys. They know how to play these games,” said Cone, who is tied with the legendary Baby Dalupan for the most coaching titles with 15.
“Even the rookies like Justin (Melton) and Ian (Sangalang), they’re gonna be great examples, so we’re comfortable playing in a Game Seven,” the American mentor added.