JOE Devance and pint-sized playmaker Andy Mark Barroca delivered the key baskets in the final period as San Mig Coffee pulled off a tough 77-68 victory over a fighting Alaska Milk side on Saturday night in a PBA Philippine Cup Phoenix on Tour road game at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.
The 6-7 Devance banged in 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, teaming up with Barroca in a huge 11-0 bomb to help the Mixers break open a close game and take a 70-58 lead with about three minutes to go.
The rest of the Mixers played tight defense all throughout the game, preventing the Aces from getting easy shots from the perimeter and from the paint en route to booking their fourth straight win this conference.
San Mig Coffee moves up to a share of second place with idle Rain or Shine at 6-2, while Alaska absorbed its second straight defeat and fell to 5-4.
Barroca, roughed up by the Alaska defense in the second half, overcame a mild ankle sprain as he finished the game with 15 points while effectively facilitating the Mixers’ offense in the second half.
Both squads overcame a poor first half shooting with Alaska taking a 26-22 halftime lead. San Mig Coffee's 22 first half points equalled the third all-time fewest points scored in franchise history.
Tim Cone now holds a 5-0 record against Alaska since he left the Uytengsu franchise last year to assume the coaching post at B-Meg (San Mig’s old name).
Cone, who held the Alaska coaching post for more than two decades, had his best years with the Uytengsu franchise, leading the Aces to a grand slam during the 1996 season.
San Mig Coffee 77 - Devance 18 Simon15, Barroca15 yap11, de ocampo 8, Villanueva 4, Pingris 2, Gonzales 2, Reavis 2
Alaska 68 - Baguio 19, Casio 12, Thoss 11, Abueva 8, Baracael 5, Hontiveros 4, Jazul 3 Dela cruz 3, Espinas 2, Eman 1 Laure 0, Belasco 0
Quarterscores: 12-14 22-26 47-43 77-68