MARC Pingris still likes San Mig Super Coffee’s chances in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup despite suffering yet another loss Friday night at the hands of Rain or Shine, 86-83, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-5 power forward said with the Mixers’ 1-4 (win-loss) record, it would have been easy for the team to just sulk or, even worse, give up at this point.
But they are definitely not throwing the towel yet, especially since previously injured players Joe Devance and Peter June Simon are slowly getting back into game shape.
“Di naman kami nag-pa-panic. Basta nag-i-improve `yung team okay naman sa kanya (coach Tim Cone). Ang di lang okay sa kanya eh `yung paglaro namin ng pangit sa game,” Pingris said after the team fell short in its late-game rally against the Elasto Painters.
Despite the struggling start, Pingris still sees a ray of hope for a team that missed injured superstar James Yap for the second straight time in less than a week.
“Oo, nag-improve naman kami. Talagang patayan naman kami sa practice eh,” he said.
“Lahat kami ginagawa namin lahat, konting step up pa, pati sa sarili ko na kailangan talaga maging leader sa loob ng court.”
“Down kami ngayon, then galing pa sa champion (in the Governors Cup), pero wala kaming pakialam kung ano sabihin nila. Iintindihin lang namin kung paano mag-improve ang team at `yung foundation na binubuo namin,” added Pingris, who finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists for the Mixers.
The Smart Gilas stalwart said he’s happy to see third-year pro Marc Barroca stepped up his game this season after contributing yet another all-around game of 23 points, six rebounds, and five assists in a losing cause for the Mixers.
“Sayang eh, kung na-shoot niya yun (layup in the endgame), overtime sana. Pero, sabi ko lang sa kanya (Barroca), 'Good game, bawi na lang tayo next game,'” Pingris said.
San Mig Super Coffee has enough time to regroup before returning to action next Wednesday against Meralco also at the Big Dome.