SAN Mig Super Coffee hardly showed any championship hangover as it buckled down to work right in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut by routing winless Globalport, 91-75, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
Except for the first 12 minutes of play, the Mixers were in control for most of the match as the recently crowned Philippine Cup champions outgunned, outhustled, and completely outplayed the woeful Batang Pier en route to an auspicious 16-point win .
“I think we’re a little different this time around and I think the championship hangover came the last conference when the guys had injuries,” said San Mig coach Timn Cone after the game.
“This time, we came back and we’re injury free. We did get some break, and I think the guys enjoyed the breaks off in terms of batches.”
With the Mixers finally dominating the game after outscoring the Batang Pier in the second quarter, 31-12, Cone had the luxury of playing veteran stars led by two-time league MVP James Yap, Peter June Simon, and Joe Devance below 30 minutes, a plan which the San Mig coach wanted as much as possible this conference.
“I told the first group we’ll try to keep you guys out as much as we can. That’s gonna be our goal because we want them to be ready at the right time, keep them fresh, and try not to overplay them,” explained Cone, who steered the Mixers to the All-Filipino Cup title just exactly two weeks ago via a 4-2 win over Rain or Shine in the Finals.
Except for one minor rally which saw Globalport cut down what was once an imposing 17-point deficit to 72-80 midway in the fourth period, San Mig just simply showed too much firepower in handling the Batang Pier their third straight loss in the tournament.
The setback also kept new head coach Pido Jarencio winless since taking over the reins from interim mentor Ritchie Ticzon more than a month ago.
Six San Mig players scored in double figures led by rookie forward Ian Sangalang, who had 16 points. Import James Mays added 15 points, six rebounds, and two steals, while Marc Pingris added 13 markers and 12 boards.
Mark Barroca came off the bench to add 11, while Simon and Yap had 10 apiece.
Import Evan Brock led the Batang Pier with 27 points and a personal conference-best 28 rebounds to go along with five steals and two assists in an all-around effort that again went down the drain.
Jay Washington finished with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while newly-acquired guard Alex Cabagnot finished with just five points on a woeful one-of-12 shooting from the field.
San Mig (91) - Sangalang 16, Mays 15, Pingris 13, Barroca 11, Simon 10, Yap 10, Melton 7, Mallari 5, Devance 4, Cawaling 0, Reavis 0.
Globalport (75) - Brock 27, Washington 14, Garcia 9, Ponferrada 8, Chua 6, Cabagnot 5, Nabong 2, Romeo 2, Macapagal 2, Yee 0, Salvador 0, Custodio 0.
Quarterscores: 16-20; 47-32; 70-58; 91-75.