SAN Mig Coffee on the rise and Barako Bull on the skids, but Mixers coach Tim Cone says they cannot take high-scoring import Joshua Dollard and the Energy lightly when they clash in a rare Tuesday match in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Mixers are off to a strong 3-0 start after registering huge victories over Globalport (91-75), Barangay Ginebra (90-80) and Rain or Shine (91-74).
They look to extend the run to four and put a stronger grip on second spot against ninth place Barako Bull (1-4) in their 8 p.m. match.
“Barako is a team whose record is very deceiving. They could easily be 4-1 than the opposite, and they are enhanced by a prolific import,” said Cone, whose team has been getting solid numbers from import James Mays.
The 6-foot-8 Mays is not a heavy scorer, but with the energy and hustle he provides, Cone said he is blessed to have an import that complements the team’s veteran core of James Yap, Marc Pingris, Peter June Simon and Mark Barroca.
Mays is averaging 20.6 points, 16.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in just 34 minutes of action.
Cone explained that Mays will just have to channel his energy better after also averaging 4.3 fouls in the first three games.
Fortunately, the Mixers’ locals are able to hold the fort when he is off the floor, enabling the team to win their first three games by an average margin of 14.3 points.
On the other hand, Barako Bull import Joshua Dollard, who currently leads the tournament in scoring with 36 points per contest said, they are not throwing the towel after dropping their third straight game on Sunday against San Miguel Beer, 100-106.
“All we can do is keep on pressing, trying to correct our mistakes, try to get better everyday, regardless of our record until the end,” said Dollard, who also averages 42.9 percent shooting from the three-point arc this conference.