SAN Mig Coffee’s first defeat in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup hardly made a dent in the team’s campaign in the mid-season conference.
Joe Devance admitted the Mixers’ offense went in disarray in the final period after Barako Bull tightened its defense while leaning on two-time MVP Willie Miller and import Joshua Dollard to for the needed offense to pull off the improbable comeback victory.
“I just think we were taking poor shots. We weren’t playing really as a team at that point (fourth quarter). But you gotta give credit to Barako Bull because they were switching on defense and that kind mess us up (on offense),” Devance told Spin.ph after the game.
Devance scored 17 points in the game, mostly on medium-range jumpers, but with Barako Bull employing on a swarming defense, the Fil-Am forward could only make one a basket in all of the fourth quarter.
San Mig was also outscored by Barako Bull, in the final period, 30-12..
The left-handed Devance said given the short tournament format, the most important thing now is how the Mixers will handle this stinging loss.
“It’s one game. It is a short conference, but it’s about how we handle the loss,” explained the top overall rookie pick in the 2008 Draft.
“It (loss) can break or it can make us. It’s not that they (Energy) are a bad team. They are a great team with a great import. Will be alright though. We’re not worried,” Devance added.
San Mig has several days to plot its next move as it tries to bounce back against Talk ‘N Text next Monday.
The Tropang Texters are the lone unbeaten team after opening the conference with six straight victories.