MARQUS Blakely is four wins away from completing an unfinished business for San Mig Coffee.
In his second tour of duty with the Mixers, the energetic import vowed to help the franchise win the PBA Governors Cup title after losing the championship series of the season-ending conference last year against Rain or Shine.
“It’s a long road, starting out at 1-3 and ups and downs the whole conference, but that’s what makes us stronger and makes us play together,” said Blakely, who came through with 23 points, 19 rebounds,
two assists, and five steals to lead San Mig to a 79-73 semifinal series-clinching win to earn a return trip to the Finals.
Amazingly, Blakely, a known poor free throw shooter, went two-for-two from the foul line with under 10 seconds to play that sealed the Game 4 win for the Mixers.
“That’s (free throw shooting) something I’ve been working on, repetition and getting there,” explained the former Vernon product.
“After a while, you get more comfortable and more confident. It’s not about how many I missed before but the shots I make, kind of mentally go after and remember, to keep making good shots,” he added.
Blakely said the new few days would be critical for him and his teammates to keep working on their game, fine tune their offense, and keep improving their team defense as they try to end the season with a championship.
“We’re gonna come in with the same mindset on what we do. Just need to execute on offense and play defense. Once we do that, we’ll show we’re gonna be a hard team to beat,” he said.