IF San Mig Super Coffee barely loses with Marc Pingris showing just a pale shadow of his true self, what result would the Mixers get if their heart and soul rediscovers his old form?
Held to a conference-low two points on four attempts, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 33 minutes in their 88-92 loss to Talk ‘N Text last time, Pingris vowed to show his true self when San Mig takes on Rain or Shine to close out the PBA Governors Cup eliminations.
San Mig and Rain or Shine, both 5-3 (win-loss), are assured of places in the Top 4 and twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs, thanks to victories by Talk 'N Text over Ginebra and Alaska over Barako Bull on Sunday.
The real significance of the match will be on two other teams still hoping to get to the Top 4. Simply put, Alaska will get a twice-to-beat advantage if San Mig wins; San Miguel Beer will be in the Top 4 with a Rain or Shine victory.
But regardless of the stakes, Pingris has vowed to go all out and be a bigger threat offensively in the 8 p.m. match against the Painters.
“Kailangan ko rin maging aggressive (offensively),” Pingris admitted. “Lagi na lang pag two or four attempts lang ako, parang natatalo kami. Siguro mas hihingi ako ng bola. Hindi naman ako mag-bubuwaya or magiging swapang. Basta kung kaya ko, kaya ko."
The defensive demon also promised to regain his defensive intensity after allowing Texters import Paul Harris to wax hot with nine three-pointers against them.
“Twenty or thirty percent lang yung ng laro ko (against the Texters),” said Pingris, who also expects to draw significant support from his teammates led by James Yap and Mark Barroca. “So hopefully next game mapakita ko yung totoong Marc Pingris.”
But the grand slam-seeking Mixers are expected to have their hands full against the Painters, who have won their last four games, the latest a 104-85 victory over eliminated Meralco last Tuesday.
“We started out slow, but we’re trying to make up for it with the winning streak,” said Painters coach Yeng Guiao, who is counting on import AZ Reid and a stellar local cast led by Jeff Chan and Paul Lee. “I hope we don’t lose steam.”