A HANDFUL of San Mig players are playing injured but hurting Marc Pingris is confident they have what it takes to make it all the way to the top and complete the run to the grand slam.
He believes the triangle offense allows the hurting Mixers to remain a force to be reckoned with, if they just keep a winning attitude.
“Alam naman namin ang triangle eh. Alam namin laruin. Nasa amin na yan sa attitude kung paano manalo,” he added.
They are, in fact, a win away from another finals appearance with a 2-0 lead over Talk in the semifinals and could book a spot in the Governors’ Cup title series with a win on Monday.
“Masayang isipin pero mahirap gawin (grand slam), pero kailangan talaga i-grind yan eh. Sabi nga ni coach, palalimin yung butas, maglaro as a team at walang mag-kanya-kanya,” Pingris said, who hurt his right ankle and right knee in the team’s 93-85 victory over Talk ’N Text in Game Two.
That puts him on a list of walking-wounded Mixers along with James Yap (toe injury), Peter June Simon (bad back) and Joe Devance (bad back), but all are expected to play on as they bid to earn a third straight Finals trip this season.
Pingris said they are bracing for the Tropang Texters’ serious fightback as they try to stave off elimination in Game Three.
“Wala pa kaming napapatunayan so sa next game, ituturing naming Game One pa rin yun,” said the former PSBA Blue Jaguar forward.
“Wala pa kasi kaming nakukuha, pero malaking bagay sa amin yung dalawang panalo,” he added.
“Medyo may kumpiyansa na rin sa sarili pero kilala niyo ang Talk ‘N Text, di sila basta basta magpapatalo.”