YANCY de Ocampo played outstanding defense while finishing with a double-double to spark San Mig Super Coffee to a 67-60 victory that ousted Air21 from the playoff picture in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 6-9 de Ocampo, an almost forgotten big man after bouncing from one team to another during his 12-year pro career, finished with 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while holding Air21’s double-double machine center Asi Taulava to just five points on 1-of-6 shooting.
Diminutive playmaker Mark Barroca, who was scoreless for the first three quarters, came through with all 11 of his points in the final period where the Mixers outscored the Express, 23-17.
“Any win at this point is a pretty win. Even if it’s ugly, it’s still a pretty win,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone, who just arrived from Reno, Nevada early Saturday after a whirlwind trip to the NBA D-League Showcase.
The `ugly’ win was San Mig’s fifth against seven losses and spiked with 21 turnovers with PJ Simon accounting for five and Marc Pingris and rookie Ian Sangalang combining for 10.
Simon though led all Mixers in scoring with 21 points.
The loss knocked the Express out of the playoff picture after absorbing their 10th loss in 13 matches, with one game left on their schedule.
Air21 faces Rain or Shine next Saturday.
Nino Canaleta led the Express with 22 points, 17 in the second half, but failed to get the much-needed scoring support from the rest of the team.
MacMac Cardona had a quiet 11 points, while Joseph Yeo only had nine on 2-of-10 shooting, before fouling out late in the game.
SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE (67) -- Simon 20, De Ocampo 12, Barroca 11, Pingris 7, Devance 6, Sangalang 6, Mallari 3, Reavis 2, Melton 0.
AIR 21 (60) -- Canaleta 22, Cardona 11, Yeo 9, Taulava 5, Manuel 4, Arboleda 3, Sharma 2, Custodio 2, Camson 2, Matias 0, Espiritu 0, Menor 0.
Quarterscores: 17-12; 29-25; 44-43; 67-60.