CURRENTLY on a roller-coaster ride, San Mig Coffee tries to right the ship in its four remaining assignments in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup in the hopes of capping a strong elimination round wind-up heading into the playoffs.
The defending champions clash with the slumping Barako Bull Energy Cola in the 6:30 p.m. main game on Easter Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena, hoping for a win that would get them above the .500 mark.
At 5-5, the Mixers are bunched with Talk 'N Text, Barangay Ginebra, Meralco, and Air21 in a tight match from fourth to eight places.
“We were desperate and it’s been a struggle for us,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone. “We’re trying to get a win under our belt and stay in contention. We need to get over the hump. We’re gonna mix and match without Joe (Devance) out there. I think people see now what Joe brings to iur team in terms of versatility.”
San Mig dropped a 75-79 decision to Barako Bull the first time the two teams met, although the Mixers were without an import at the time as Matt Rogers was out due to food poisoning. The Mixers are now with Denzel Bowles, the Best Import of last season's Commissioner's Cup.
“At this point of the tournament, you either gonna play somebody who is battling for the top spot and desperate for wins or you’re gonna be battling for teams that are still fighting for playoff spots. And they’re gonna be playing desperate,” said Cone.
“So all the games are gonna be offering great challenges. You can’t sleep walk through for a win.”
And definitely not against a Barako Bull side that has dropped its last six games for a 3-7 (win-loss) record.
The Energy Cola’s playoff chances hinge on a possible sweep of its last four outings.