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    Marc Pingris says defense holds key for San Mig: 'Yun ang puhunan kung bakit kami andito'

    Jun 27, 2014
    Marc Pingris celebrates San Mig's Game Five win over Talk 'N Text. Jerome Ascano

    SAN Mig Coffee is on the threshold of a rare PBA grand slam but Marc Pingris does not want to get ahead of himself.

    As talk in basketball town shifted to a grand slam after San Mig survived a tough semifinal series against Talk 'N Text with a 93-87 victory on Friday night, Pingris prefers to focus on Game One and nothing more.

    “Unang-una, gusto naming makuha ‘yung Game One dahil sabi ni coach (Tim Cone), importante ang Game One. Kailangan naming mag-focus. Hindi namin iisipin na three-peat kami,” Pingris said.

    In the meantime, the Gilas mainstay is looking forward to a rare break while San Mig awaits the result of the other PBA Governors Cup semifinal series between Alaska and Rain or Shine.

    That playoff will also go down to a Game Five on Saturday at the Big Dome, creating a lull for San Mig which Pingris hopes to use to recharge and heal after a tough playoff against the Texters.

    “May pagkakataon kaming magpahinga bukas para makapaghanda. Nandyan na ‘yan eh (injuries). Bukas, may pagkakataon mag-rehab, ganun lang,” said Pingris, who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    James Yap had 25 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyong the three-point arc while Marcus Barkley added 21 markers and Joe Devance his first career triple-double for San Mig.

    But Pingris said more than anything else, it was the defense that pulled them through.

    “Lumabas lahat na willing mag-depensa. ‘Yun naman ‘yung makikita na kailangan gawin, pagsipagan sa depensa. ‘Yun ang puhunan namin kung bakit kami andito. Dahil sa depensa,” said Pingris.

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    Marc Pingris celebrates San Mig's Game Five win over Talk 'N Text. Jerome Ascano
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