STREAKING San Mig Coffee tries to grab the lead from reigning champion Talk ‘N Text in a clash of pre-season favorites in Wednesday’s PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Mixers are the hottest team in the tournament so far, winning their last five games, including a 93-73 demolition of an off-form Barako Bull side last week.
And they have some extra motivation going to their 7:30 p.m. match up -- an opportunity to get back at the Tropang Texters, who scored a resounding 85-74 victory on them during their first round encounter at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone said the Mixers 20-point win over Barako should serve them in good stead going to their game against the Tropang Texters.
“We don’t want an added pressure coming off a loss when we play against Talk ‘N Text,” said Cone, whose team tops the league on defense by limiting its opponent to 79.7 points per outing, while averaging 86.2 points.
Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black said going up against San Mig a second time around wouldn’t be easy, simply because the Mixers are obviously playing together comfortably.
“We’re going against the second placed team. They won five in a row. So we’re facing a hot team,” said Black.
“Winning this game (San Mig Cofffee) is so important for us because we want to get the twice-to-beat advantage as we try to finish on the top 2, and we only have four games left in our schedule,” added the multi-titled PBA coach.
Black, on Friday, registered his 500th career coaching win following the Tropang Texters’ 109-98 victory over Meralco, as he joined the elite group of legendary coach Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan, Cone and Rain or Shine’s Yeng Guiao.