WHILE the rest of the country took a break for Lent, the San Mig Coffee Mixers were hard at work.
Coach Tim Cone bared to Spin.ph that he only gave his players a day off at the beginning of Holy Week on Monday, and it has been a hard grind for the Mixers since.
"We took a break at the beginning of the week and we told them to do all their obligations if they can," said Cone, whose team has been on a roller-coaster ride in its PBA Commissioner's Cup title defense.
"It's our commitment to the team and fans," he added.
San Mig is in a five-team logjam in the middle of the standings with a 5-5 win-loss card, which Cone said makes it imperative for the Mixers to raise their level of play in their final four games of the eliminations.
And there's no better way to do that than to practice at a time when most teams are on a break - a practice Cone has brought to San Mig from Alaska.
"It's always been my policy to continue practicing (during the Holy Week). We've done that while in Alaska through the years, as they put games on Easter Sunday, there's nothing we can do," said the multi-titled coach.
"Practicing is a good chance for us to prepare better, this is part of our business," added Cone who said their opponent on Sunday, Barako Bull Energy Cola, also practiced after them on Thursday morning at the Ronac gym in Greenhills.
Barako Bull, meanwhile, took a day off Thursday while the protagonists in the other game on Sunday, Air 21 (Friday off) and Rain or Shine (Thursday and Friday), also took time out to rest.
Meanwhile here is a quick rundown of other teams' Holy Week days off.
Baranga Ginebra - Friday and Saturday
Petron Blaze - Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Alaska Aces - Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Talk n' Text - Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Meralco - Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Global Port - Thursday, Friday and Saturday