DEFENDING champion San Mig Coffee registered its first back-to-back wins of the PBA Commissioner's Cup after subduing turnover-prone Globalport 91-84 on Saturday in Naga City.
The Mixers didn’t get monster numbers from last season’s Commissioner’s Cup Best Import Denzel Bowles who ran into early foul trouble. But James Yap, PJ Simon and Alex Mallari came through with the much-needed local support to help San Mig chalk up its second straight win after opening the conference with three straight losses.
San Mig Coffee scored its first win against powerhouse Talk N Text, 90-82.
The Mixers erected their largest lead over the Batang Pier at 46-23 on a follow-up slam dunk by Bowles off Yap’s missed layup.
Globalport clawed back in the second half behind the torrid shooting of Gary David and Japeth Aguilar.
But the Mixers just had too much firepower with Simon and Yap hitting key jumpers down the stretch as the Batang Pier absorbed their third straight loss to move down the standings at 2-4.
The 6’10” Bowles led the Mixers with 18 points and seven boards before fouling out with still under two minutes to play, while Simon and Yap added 17 and 15, respectively.
Gary David led the Batang Pier with 27 points, including 22 in the second half as he tried to rally Globalport back with his outside shooting. The 6-9 Aguilar added 20 points.