PJ Simon is raring to get back after San Mig Coffee suffered a blowout loss to Talk ’N Text but stresses that they don’t need to come up with a similar rout when they go for the series clincher in the PBA Governors Cup semifinals.
San Mig Coffee was clobbered by Talk N Text, 112-86, in Game Three on Monday to cut the Mixers’ series lead at 2-1.
Now the Mixers brace for a tough Game Four and Simon says just have to execute and get back on defense as they try to prevent the Texters from forcing a sudden death.
“Before na-experience na naming matalo ng blowout, pero ang kailangan lang naming gawin eh basta, kahit manalo ng one point. Depensa, yun lang ang kailangan naming gawin sa Game Four,” said Simon.
“Still, 2-1 pa rin naman ngayon.”
“Talagang ina-anticipate namin na magka-come out sila ng ganun. Eh nakauna sila (Tropang Texters),” rued Simon, who played through back spasms to score 18 points in a losing effort.
The Texters converted 14 of their 32 attempts from the three-point zone that allowed them to pull away in the second half.
Simon said the team tried its best to cut Talk ’N Text’s imposing 24-point lead to a single digit late in the third period, hoping that they could somehow make it manageable entering the final period.
But the torrid outside shooting of the Tropang Texters was just too much for them to overcome, forcing San Mig coach Tim Cone to just rest his starters in the final minutes.
“Kung makayanan sana to keep it (game) close, may chance pa, pero naunahan lang talaga saka halos lahat ng outside shots nila pumapasok. So I think yun ang story siguro ng game,” explained the 34-year-old Mixers shooter.
“Pinu-push pa namin to cut the lead to single digit pero di talaga namin mailapit, kaya nung fourth quarter, yung second group na ang naglaro,” he added.