IN a determined bid to continue its title streak, grand slam champion San Mig Super Coffee is set to fly to Incheon, South Korea next week for a series of tune-up games in preparation for the PBA’s 40th season this October.
San Mig board governor Rene Pardo said the series of tune-up matches will kick the team's offseason workout into high gear as the Mixers try to shake off the rust and reconnect after taking a two-month basketball layoff.
“Fina-finalize na lang ni coach Tim, pero 90 percent sure na yung Korea, kasi magco-coincide na rin yun sa PBA board meeting sa September 29,” Pardo confirmed to Spin.ph on Monday.
Pardo said the tune-up matches will be a big boost for the Mixers since they were the last PBA ballclub to start their offseason training camp after a long, draining season capped by a rare grand slam.
Cone is currently in the US with his son Kevin, but the multi-titled PBA mentor is expected to be back within the week.
“Maganda din yung malalakas ang makalaban namin dun sa Korea. Siguro mga four games 'yun tapos training camp na din,” he added.
The Mixers have won the last four PBA conferences, and the next target on the horizon is another record of the legendary Crispa team - six successive championships won from 1975 to 1977.
Crispa’s record has stood solidly for the last 37 years, a feat that the venerable coach Virgilio 'Baby' Dalupan engineered during the PBA’s formative years in the 1970s.