THE championship euphoria is gone and San Mig is focused on a new mission.
So said Marc Pingris, who declared that San Mig's PBA Philippine Cup championship conquest is a closed chapter as the Mixers shift their sights on winning a third successive title in the Commissioner's Cup.
“Tapos na yung pinagdaanan namin (sa Philippine Cup),” said the Gilas mainstay, just 16 days after the Mixers completed a 4-2 win over Rain or Shine in the all-Filipino finals.
“Nakapagpahinga na naman kami ng one week. So iba na 'yung laro ngayon eh, hindi na all-Filipino, may import na malalakas din,” added the San Mig star.
That should be bad news for the rivals of San Mig beginning with Barangay Ginebra, who the Mixers meet for the first time since their memorable Game Seven showdown in the semifinals of the Philippine Cup.
The two sister teams will be at it again on Sunday.
So far, Pingris and San Mig did not look like they missed a beat after smashing winless Globalport on Wednesday, 91-75 to get their Commissioner's Cup campaign off on a high note. Pingris had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
However, burnout will always be a concern for a team that has won back-to-back championships because of the tough grind the Mixers had to go through in the past two playoffs.
And fears of a burnout are bigger for Pingris, the only San Mig player in the Gilas Pilipinas team that finished second to Iran in last year's last Fiba-Asia championships and has now started preparations for both the Fiba World Cup in Spain and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
The 32-year-old pride of Pozzorubio, Pangasinan, though, was quick to allay the concerns, saying he has learned to take care of his body by taking a rest whenever he can and eating right.
“Nagpa-practice din naman ako sa Gilas eh, pero ang puhunan lang diyan is pahinga saka kain. Basta palakasin mo lang sarili mo, then kung may pagkakataong magpahinga, pahinga lang,” said the former PSBA Blue Jaguar.