SAN Mig All-Star guard Peter June Simon is hopeful the Mixers’ bench will continue to deliver to keep the starters fresh heading into the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Speaking after San Mig's 97-84 win over Air21 on Wednesday, Simon said the Mixers' starters need to be paced more than anyone in the league since the team is coming off back-to-back championships.
“Hopefully, ganun pa rin kasi, kung maganda kasi ang balance ng team, mas mama-manage ni coach (Tim Cone) ang minutes namin dahil coming from back-to-back titles kami,” Simon said.
Against Air21, the Mixers showed what a little rest can do to their game as they looked sharp and focused after coming off the All-Star midseason break.
The recharged Mixers came away with 29 fastbreak points and 21 points off Air21's turnovers.
Simon, who participated in the All-Stars, made the most of his 25 minutes on the floor, finishing with 12 of his 20 points in a second-half assault that allowed the Mixers to end their a two-game losing spell.
The 33-year-old Simon said the All-Star break gave them enough time to recharge their weary bodies as they try to make a serious run in their last three games for a shot at one of the two twice-to-beat advantages.
“After kasi ng All-Stars, nagkaroon kami opportunity na makapagpahinga. Eh napakalaking tulong ng pahinga na yun para maka-recover kami,” explained the six-foot gunner from Makilala, North Cotabato.
The Mixers return to action on Saturday when they play San Miguel in a match that would more or less determine which team would grab the second seeding heading into the playoffs.