MARQUS Blakely has won once in two previous appearances in PBA Finals, and now hopes to jack up his percentage when he plays in a title decider for the third straight year.
The San Mig Super Coffee import is confident the Mixers can get the job done and finish the season with a grand slam on Wednesday in their Governors Cup rubber match against Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Game Five is set 8 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Mixers have an immaculate 8-0 record in do-or-die games since capturing the first of their three straight PBA titles in last season’s Governors Cup, and Blakely is confident the streak will continue.
“We just have the maturity I guess and the experience because we’ve been there before, so we know what to expect,” said Blakely, whose first PBA stint ended in a Game Seven loss to the Elasto Painters in the 2012 Governors’ Cup Finals before bouncing back the following season with a seven-game victory over Petron.
“We know how these type of games go so we’ve got to be ready. We need to be on the same page defensively and offensively so we can get the best shot to win,” he added.
In Game Three, San Mig allowed the Elasto Painters to score 53 points in the first half, a no-no under coach Tim Cone, who puts a lot more emphasis on playing team defense.
Rain or Shine scored an 88-79 win in Game Four, making 12 three-pointers, to send the series to a decider.
“It starts from the jump, finishing with the ball and being strong on defense,” said the 25-year-old energetic import.
“But looking at what you want to accomplish, somebody’s in front of you, so, clearly there’s a feeling of disappointment (after Game Four), but also refocusing and getting to know what can help us win,” added Blakely.