TIM Cone readily admits San Mig Super Coffee is in the middle of a `perfect storm,’ owing to the number of adjustments the team had to make at the start of its campaign into the new PBA season.
Injuries to key players just a week after regrouping following last season’s Governors Cup title and getting the team’s rookie players working alongside with the veterans have all contributed to the Mixers’ poor start to the PLDT myDSL-Philippine Cup.
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“That’s what (the Mixers) have to learn. They have to learn that during these hard times, it’s just about digging deep, battling hard." - San Mig Super Coffee coach Tim Cone
But Cone said San Mig is ready to fight through all the struggles, and that includes going up against a highly-confident Globalport side on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Game time is 8 p.m.
San Mig scratched and clawed its way back from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit before pulling off a 90-88 win against hard luck Barako Bull on Tuesday.
“All you can do is keep working, working, and working your way through it (struggles) and find a way. Against Barako Bull, I guess we just found a way and the guys kept battling,” Cone said.
“That’s what (the Mixers) have to learn. They have to learn that during these hard times, it’s just about digging deep, battling hard,” he added.
At 2-5, Cone said the Mixers still have a long way to go if they want to entertain thoughts of going face-to-face against unbeaten leader Petron and even three-time defending champion Talk `N Text.
“We went bowling together and we’ve done everything to try to turn things around. It’s just been difficult for us,” explained Cone.
San Mig is expected to battle its way through against Globalport, a team that is obviously on a high after setting off a new franchise record of three straight wins.
The four wins by the Batang Pier this conference already equalled the franchise’s four-win total in all of last season’s Governors Cup, where they made it to the playoffs for the first time ever.
Veterans Solomon Mercado and Jay Washington have been sensational in the team’s last three games.
The 6-foot Mercado is averaging 26.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.3 assists during that stretch, while the 6-foot-7 Washington is enjoying a new lease on life as far as his pro career is concerned by averaging 20 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
“Ang jelling sa akin is a matter of time. Now that we’ve been together for a month and a half already, everybody knows how everybody plays kaya very crucial para sa amin yun,” said Globalport’s interim coach Richie Ticzon.