DESPITE nursing a hurting left ankle in the aftermath of San Mig Coffee’s 88-99 loss to Petron on Wednesday night that forged a winner-take-all showdown for the PBA Governors' Cup championship, Marc Pingris still believes the Mixers will be able to complete their mission.
“Siguro adjust na lang kami sa gagawin namin sa Game Seven, pero sa amin 'yan,” the 6-foot-5 forward confidently said shortly after the Game Six loss at the jampacked Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The win by the Boosters tied the best-of-seven title series at 3-game apiece.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay was seen favoring his left ankle which he twisted early in the final period during a loose ball scramble.
The 32-year-old Pingris said he’ll ice the ankle in the hope of joining the team’s Thursday practice as the Mixers prepare for the third straight Governors' Cup Finals to go to a Game Seven.
Interestingly, San Mig lost to Rain or Shine in Game Seven of the Finals of this same tournament last season.
“Bahala na pag gising ko bukas ng umaga. Naiyak nga ako kanina eh nung matapilok ako. Eh di ko naman kagustuhan yun. May purpose siguro si Lord kung bakit nangyari ito (ankle injury). Pero di naman kami sumusuko,” he added.
But with no less than the title at stake, Pingris said he’s ready to set aside the bruises and pains just to be able to help San Mig complete its unfinished business from last season.
“Ang pagkakaiba lang naman eh malakas ang team nila (Petron) eh. Sa akin, sa mga nakaraang Game Seven namin, wala namang pinagkakaiba, kung sino ang may pinakamalaking pusong maglaro sa Game Seven, yun ang mananalo.
"So magfo-focus lang kami at mag-bounce back,” added the many-time member of the league’s All-Defensive team.