SAN Mig Super Coffee overcame JC Intal’s endgame three-point shooting spree to turn back hard-luck Barako Bull, 90-88, and snap a two-game losing streak in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Marc Pingris and James Yap each scored 16 points for the Mixers, who overhauled an eight-point Barako Bull lead in the final quarter but found themselves under siege when Intal dropped back-to-back threes to cut the gap to a point, 88-89, with four seconds to go.
They Said It!
“The way our conference is going, it’s basically like, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And as long as our chemistry doesn’t die, doesn’t kill our chemistry or kill our desire to win, that’s just gonna make us strong in the end." - San Mig coach Tim Cone
Only after PJ Simon hit a free throw and Ronjay Buenafe missed the desperation three-point attempt did San Mig coach Tim Cone finally breathe easy as the Mixers tied Barako Bull at 2-5 (win-loss).
“The way our conference is going, it’s basically like, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,' said a relieved Cone. "And as long as our chemistry doesn’t die, doesn’t kill our chemistry or kill our desire to win, that’s just gonna make us strong in the end.”
The Mixers, who shot just 38.7 percent from the field in the game, rode on the shoulders of Pingris who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter alone. He added 11 rebounds and two assists in a 38-minute effort.
Yap came up one rebound short of a double-double after finishing the game with 16 points and nine bards, while rookie forward Ian Sangalang chipped in 15 and seven rebounds for San Mig.
Barako Bull, which dropped its fifth straight game after a 2-0 start to the season, drew a personal conference-high 21 points from Intal, while Dennis Miranda came back from injury to score 14.
SAN MIG 90 - Pingris 16, Yap 16, Sangalang 15, Barroca 13, Simon 13, Devance 9, De Ocampo 3, Reavis 3, Cawaling 2, Mallari 0.
BARAKO 88 -Intal 21, Miranda 14, Buenafe 12, Isip 10, Maierhofer 7, Miller 6, Pennisi 6, Jensen 4, Wilson 4, Lastimosa 2, Labagala 2, Marcelo 0.
Quarterscores: 24-19, 43-41, 58-66, 90-88