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    Pingris, Mixers no time to panic despite losing back-to-back games

    Mar 31, 2014
    Marc Pingris says San Mig isn't in a panic mode yet despite losing back-to-back games. Jerome Ascano

    MARC Pingris was in the middle of a post-game interview when he sang part of the chorus of a song from the hit animated film Frozen.

    “Let it go. Let it go,” the San Mig Coffee superstar hummed, drawing laughter from the gathered sports scribes.

    It was probably his way of letting everyone know that everything is alright within the Mixers camp.

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    “Kailangan lang namin balikan kung bakit kami nagpapanalo dati." San Mig Coffee Mixers forward Marc Pingris

    The back-to-back PBA champions suffered a second straight loss in the Commissioner’s Cup on Monday night when they sustained a 71-85 loss to Talk ‘N Text at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    After starting the import-spiced conference with three straight wins, the Mixers have now lost back-to-back games -- their first since December while on a slump during the Philippine Cup.

    Yet, Pingris remains a picture of calmness.

    “Siguro (cause for concern), pero wala pa talaga `yung panic sa amin,” the pride of Pozorrubio, Pangasinan said. “Kailangan lang namin balikan kung bakit kami nagpapanalo dati.”

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    The veteran power forward did not even make a fuss about his poor showing as he could only muster three points -- attempting just three shots, although he did have eight rebounds, two blocks, two assists, and a steal in 36 minutes of play.

    “May pagkakataon talaga na off kasi naka-focus ako kanina sa defense kay Ranidel (de Ocampo) and kay Kelly (Williams).

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    “Hindi big deal sa akin yung opensa kasi mas gusto ko yung dumedepensa at rebound,” he added. “Pero sabi ni coach, hindi lang dapat si James (Mays) ang gagawa. Lahat dapat kami.”

    Mays, the San Mig import, tallied 27 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, and two assists for the Mixers.

    “Pinag-sabihan ako ni coach na maging agresibo ako, so bawi next time. Kailangan mag-trabaho ulit bukas. Kahit may off kami, lalaro ako mag-isa sa court para makuha ko yung kumpiyansa ko,” Pingris said.

    It was not only Pingris who had an off-night as fellow stars James Yap, Mark Barroca, and Joe Devance also put up dismal numbers.

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    Yap contributed just five points on 2-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes, Barroca was limited to four markers, while Devance was worse after being held scoreless.

    “At least maganda ngayon na kami matalo, kaysa naman dumating sa semis at dun pa kami bumagsak. At least ngayon pa lang, nalalaman na namin kung ano pa ang kulang,” said Pingris.

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