San Mig team to watch final Gilas game in Asiad to show support for teammate Marc Pingris
San Mig is currently in Korea to play a series of tune-up games against KBL teams.

SEOUL, South Korea – San Mig Coffee is making the most out of its preseason trip to this largest metropolis this side of the country.

The entire Mixers team has taken time to arrange and watch the final game of Gilas Pilipinas in the 17th Asian Games as its way of supporting teammate Marc Pingris.

The national team is set to battle Mongolia on Wednesday in the battle for seventh place at the Hwaseong Sports Complex, about an hour away by train from the main Asiad hub of Incheon.

San Mig arrived here last week to play four games against ballclubs from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) as part of its preparation for the coming 40th season of the PBA.

The Mixers take a rest day on Wednesday, giving them time to travel to Incheon and watch `Ping’ and the rest of the national team from the stands.

San Mig Coffee board of governor Rene Pardo was in communication with the team on Tuesday and was told about its plans to see the Gilas game.

“Manonood `yung buong San Mig team ng Gilas game as support kay Pingris,” said Pardo during a break in the annual planning session of the PBA board at the Novotel Gangnam here.

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The Mixers are set to play Anyang KGC on Tuesday and will take on another KBL squad on Thursday before returning to Manila the following day.

Pardo would have wanted to watch the game against Anyang KGC but was tied up with the board meeting.

He said the Mixers are also planning to watch the quarterfinals of the boxing competitions featuring Mark Anthony Barriga and the other Filipino pugs on Tuesday, but their scheduled match against KGC wouldn’t allow them.

“Sayang nga gusto rin sana nilang suportahan `yung mga boxers natin, pero may game kasi sila,” said Pardo.  

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