SUDDENLY streaking San Mig Coffee goes for the title clincher against Petron Blaze on Wednesday in Game Six the PBA Governors Cup Finals series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After a see-saw start to the title series, the Mixers took the lead, 3-2, following victories in Game Four (88-86) and Game Five (114-103).
They will try to ride on that momentum and finish off the reeling Boosters in their 8 p.m. collision before an expected jampacked crowd at the Big Dome.
“Needless to say, we don’t want to see a Game Seven. We have to be careful that we don’t look ahead and make sure we stay focused on what’s in front of us. And that’s what we need to do to compete in Game Six,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
A San Mig victory will give the franchise its 10th league title since joining the PBA in 1988 under the brand name Purefoods.
At the same time, a win will enable Cone to join legendary PBA coach Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan as the only coaches in history to win 15 championships. Cone won his first 13 PBA crowns with Alaska during his 22-year coaching stint with the Uytengsu-owned franchise from 1989 to 2011.
He then won his 14th PBA title when he steered B-Meg (San Mig’s previous name) to the 2011-2012 Commissioner’s Cup crown.
The Mixers are coming off a red-hot 55.4 percent shooting in Game Five, which enabled them to take the driver’s seat in the Finals series.
Sophomore guard Mark Barroca came up huge in Game Five, firing 22 points spiked with three triples, while issuing 10 assists that earned him his second Best Player of the Game honors.
“We said from the beginning that we have to fire on all cylinders to win this series and that still holds,” said Cone, whose team fell short in the Governors Cup Finals last season, losing to Rain or Shine in Game Seven.
Petron coach Gee Abanilla said San Mig’s shooting in Game Five was superb, but they are confident they can force a winner-take-all match come Wednesday.
“They (Mixers) had 50-plus percent shooting in the three-point area. I think they played well defensively against us, so right now, we’re down but certainly we’re not out. We’ll try to regroup, we’ll try to come out with a better game plan,” said Abanilla, whose team lost in the shootfest Game Five despite going 15-of-27 from the three-point land.