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    Injury-riddled San Mig tries to bounce back against Meralco

    Apr 14, 2014

    INJURY-riddled San Mig Super Coffee tries to fight through adversity and resume its climb to the upper half of the playoff rankings when it battles Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Mixers suffered an 88-97 loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Saturday, denting their hopes of a twice-to-beat advantage in the next phase of the tournament.

    It was their second loss in the last three games, putting them in fourth spot at 4-3, and adding to the Mixers’ problems is a rib bruise Pingris suffered after being accidentally hit with an elbow by Doug Kramer.

    That leaves the 6-foot-5 Pingris forward doubtful for Monday’s match, while import James Mays and James Yap are both battling through back problems.

    Still, coach Tim Cone is confident the Mixers could fight through the injuries as they go up against the Bolts (4-4) at 8 p.m.

    “We’re just trying to get them (Mays and Yap) on therapy, but for Ping, it looks like he won’t play Monday but we’ll see,” Cone said.

    “You just go through these things in the middle of conference. You have these injuries, but you just work your way through,” he added.

    Coach Ryan Gregorio and the Bolts, meanwhile, are eyeing their fifth win and look to close out their single-round elimination schedule on a winning note.

    “We are gunning for our fifth win to secure a slot in the best-of-three,” said Gregorio.

    “It is a very important game and our mindset is to do whatever it takes to win.”

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    The Bolts are fresh from a morale-boosting 105-98 win on Friday, which saw them fight back from a 22-point deficit during the first half.

    Gregorio said a strong start is a must if they hope to achieve their goal.

    “We must have a good start. We have bailed ourselves out of trouble against Barako despite a lethargic start,” he said.

    Talk ’N Text secured the No. 1 seed in the playoffs after sweeping the eliminations via a 9-0 record, while San Miguel Beer sits in second spot with a 6-2 record.

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