AFTER feeling Petron Blaze’s offensive might, San Mig Coffee tries to improve on its team defense as the Mixers look to equalize the series against the Boosters in Game Two of their PBA Governors Cup Finals Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Boosters rode on a whirlwind fourth quarter attack that left the Mixers eating dust in the Finals series-opener, 100-84.
But Mixers coach Tim Cone said they’ll look to clamp down on defense to ensure that Game One’s fourth quarter meltdown won’t happen again when they clash at 4:45 p.m.
“In the fourth quarter, they (Boosters) started hitting their shots. We just have to play a lot harder,” said Cone.
The fiery San Mig mentor was particularly displeased with the fact that they allowed the Boosters to score 41 points after just limiting them to 59 points during the first three quarters.
“It’s kind of unusual for a Finals game because I thought we played a little satisfied just playing in the Finals. But we can’t bring anything less than our best against this team,” noted the 14-time PBA
So good was Petron that it had six players scoring in double-figures led by import Elijah Millsap, who finished with a triple-double of 35 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as he mocked the defense of San Mig forward Marc Pingris all night.
On the other hand, Petron rookie coach Gee Abanilla said they will have to capitalize on their strengths to make sure they could keep building on the good things they had in Game One.
For one, Millsap has been doing an all-around role for the Boosters, scoring, defending and facilitating at the start of the series.
“Elijah Millsap is just showing his different dimension of his game. He’s showing other intangibles like playing defense, but he still shares the basketball and that’s good for our chemistry and a lot of
players are motivated for this kind of play,” said Abanilla, who has steered the Boosters to the PBA Finals right in his first conference as head coach.
The Boosters have a potent offensive crew to lean on led by Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz, who fired all 11 of his points in the final period of Game One.