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    No time to celebrate as Pingris focused on goal

    Jan 2, 2013

    SAN Mig Coffee may have extended its PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Rain or Shine, but Marc Pingris knows it doesn’t stop there.

    The veteran power forward stressed the Mixers shouldn’t waste any chance in the aftermath of their 79-67 win in Game Five of the best-of-seven showdown prior to the New Year break.

    Between now and Game Six on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pingris said there’s no time to rest easy especially now that the Mixers have cut down what previously had been an imposing Elasto Painters series lead to 2-3.

    “For me hindi talaga pwedeng mag-relax,” said Pingris, who had vowed a Game Five win for the Mixers and has guaranteed a Game Seven for the playoff showdown in a previous interview with

    “Wala na muna bakasyon, saka na.”

    Pingris, who came through with 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out two assists, and one blocked shot in 44 minutes of play in Game Five, said there's no room for complacency as he and the Mixers go for the series-tying win against the Elasto Painters.

    “Sabi ko nga sa dugout, kalimutan na namin `yung panalo. Baka matuwa masyado, mag-celebrate na,” said the son-in-law of popular comedian Vic Sotto.

    “Mas masaya mag-celebrate pag nanalo na sa Finals.”

    “Do or die every game,” he said. “Mahirap man pero kakayanin. I know pinagha-handaan na nila (Rain or Shine) kami at kami din naman pagha-handaan sila.”

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