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    San Mig players go bowling in bid to get PBA campaign back on track

    Dec 16, 2013

    SAN Mig Super Coffee has been listless on the court that the players decided to try and build chemistry off it.

    Bowling was the game choice over the weekend, and how effective a few hours of chatting and burning the lanes helped the team psyche would be known when the Mixers take on similarly struggling Barako Bull on Tuesday in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Marc Pingris hopes it does wonders and translates to a win as the Mixers try to score their second win of the season when they battle the Energy Cola at 5:45 p.m.

    “Bonding at practice, yun lang ang ginagawa namin,” Pingris told, before heading to the team’s Monday practice as they map out their final game plan against Barako Bull.

    The 6-foot-5 power-playing Gilas Pilipinas mainstay is disappointed that just a month after their Governors Cup Finals championship, they are carrying a pitiful 1-5 win-loss record, saying that they can’t be so down at this stage.

    “Sobrang saya ng bonding kasi kulitan lang. Iyun ang gusto ni coach, mag-enjoy at maging maganda ang chemistry ng team. Ngayon mas nadagdagan ang energy sa practice though kailangan lang iwasang maging sobrang gigil sa court,” explained the 32-year-old Pangasinense.

    Pingris said Barako Bull poses a serious challenge since the Energy Cola are averaging 9.6 three-pointers in six games this season.

    “Mas gusto talaga ata nila ang tumira ng three-points. So siyempre, kailangan talagang depensahan ang shooters nila dahil ang mga big men nila tumitira din sa labas,” he added.

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    On the other hand, Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos believes the team can get out of its four-game skid if the Energy Cola learn to limit their turnovers.

    Actually, Barako Bull only had 12 turnovers in the team’s 79-85 loss to Barangay Ginebra last week, but the Energy Cola turned the ball over four times during the crucial minutes of the game, cutting short what could have been a strong fightback from a 14-point deficit.

    “Turnovers naman kasi talaga ang dumadale sa amin sa dulo. But again, we’ll just try our best to get a win every game just like what happened at the start of the conference when we won two games agad,” Ramos said.

    For Barako Bull to get over the hump, Ronjay Buenafe needs to get over his own shooting slump after averaging just seven points in the team’s last two games on 33.3 percent shooting. He only had one three-point conversion during his two-game slump.

    The 6’1” former Emilio Aguinaldo College General is averaging 12.6 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Energy Cola this season.

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