SAN Mig’s championship poise came to the fore in the second half in a 92-82 come-from-behind victory over GlobalPort in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After a sluggish start saw them trail by as much as 20 points, the Mixers stepped on the gas by outscoring the Batang Pier, 58-31, in the second half en route to their third victory in four starts.
At 3-1, San Mig forged a three-way tie for second to fourth spots in the standings with San Miguel Beer and Air21, which, earlier in the day, nosed out Alaska, 91-88.
“We got off to a really sluggish start. We were very sluggish, we got some things going coming out of halftime from James (Yap) and PJ. And that got our activity level going on the defensive and that just kind of carried over,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone.
Reigning Best Import Marqus Blakely led the Mixers with 25 points and 13 rebounds while energizing the team with his solid defensive effort, finishing with a personal conference-high six steals.
Peter June Simon fired 19 of his 24 points in the second half while Yap contributed eight of his 13 points in the third period as the dynamic duo again stood at the forefront of San Mig’s offensive.
The Batang Pier, who drew 33 points from new import Dior Lowhorn, have no one but themselves to blame after committing 15 of their 27 turnovers in the second half.
Veteran playmaker Alex Cabagnot shot a horrendous 4-of-17 from the floor and finished with 12 points.
Jay Washington added 16 points, seven boards and six assists for the Batang Pier who dropped to 1-3 in a tie with Rain or Shine and Barako Bull at the bottom half of the standings.
San Mig 92 - Simon 26, Blakely 25, Yap 13, Pingris 10, Devance 8, Sangalang 7, Barroca 3, Maliksi 0, Gaco 0, Holstein 0, Reavis 0, Melton 0.
GlobalPort 82 - Lowhorn 33, Washington 16, Cabagnot 12, Menk 10, Matias 7, Romeo 4, Ponferada 0, Salva 0, Salvador 0, Garcia 0, Macapagal 0, Custodio 0.
Quarterscores: 18-29, 34-51, 67-68, 92-82