Goyang Orions hand San Mig Coffee third straight loss, but Mixers feel they're getting back into the rthythm
The Mixers suffer another defeat but Joe Devance sees the positives and is confident they can work on it in time for the start of their title defense. Jerome Ascano

ALTHOUGH San Mig Super Coffee dropped its third straight game after bowing to the Goyang Orions, 67-90, on Tuesday, Fil-Am forward Joe Devance believes the Mixers are slowly getting their rhythm back in their preseason matches against Korean professional teams in Seoul.

The Mixers forced a 47-all count at halftime, but the Orions stepped on the gas in the second half, overwhelming the PBA grand slam champions with their size and shooting from there to tear San Mig apart.

“We maybe lost the fourth quarter, but it was just the third quarter that was horrible,” Devance told Spin.ph after the game. “But we’re learning. We’re getting better.”

San Mig opened its preseason match in Seoul with a 66-79 loss to Wonju Dongbu Promy last weekend, before getting bludgeoned by former Korean Basketball League champion Seoul SK Knights, 108-68.

Playmaker Mark Barroca said they still have to work on their conditioning, saying the second half saw the Mixers’ inability to rotate well on the defense, which allowed the Orions to get easy baskets.

“Mahirap, malalaki sila saka ang bibilis,” said Barroca, who last season earned his first-ever Mythical First Team and All-Defensive team citations.

“Kanina, naubusan kami, kaya umabot nba ng bente yung lamang.”

San Mig takes a day off on Wednesday, but will be traveling to Incheon, an hour-long drive from Seoul, to support Gilas Pilipinas.

Gilas will be fighting for the seventh place in the classification round against Mongolia in the Asian Games on Wednesday.

San Mig then returns to action on Thursday to play the Anyang KGC, before returning to Manila on Friday. The Mixers then play the NLEX Road Warriors on Saturday in a preseason game in Biñan, Laguna.

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