SAN Mig Super Coffee coach Tim Cone believes the team’s solid chemistry is what will keep the Mixers ahead of the pack when the PBA opens its 40th season on October 19.
Led by the deadly trio of James Yap, Marc Pingris, and Peter June Simon, the Mixers are bringing back the same core responsible for giving the franchise its first grand slam last season.
In addition to sweeping all three conferences last year, San Mig has actually won four straight league titles dating back to the 2013 Governors Cup.
In all, the team has a total of five championships under Cone, who also happens to be the winningest coach in the entire history of the league.
“Hopefully, our ability to stay intact, and we continue with our chemistry, which we feel is kinda unique because we’ve been together for quite sometime now, and have been into wars, so that’s our talent right now, our talent is our chemistry,” Cone told Spin.ph after the team lost its initial preseason game to the visiting Jeonju KCC Egis, 73-69, on Tuesday at the Ronac gym in San Juan.
Cone said the Mixers have had less than two weeks of practice since coming off a two-month break, which is why they intend to slowly build on reconnecting and reacquainting everybody else on the triangle offense.
The Mixers are set to leave on Friday for Seoul to play four games against teams from the Korean Basketball League.
Cone said San Mig will play Wonju Dongbu Promy, the Seoul SK Knights, Anyang KGC, and another Korean ballclub starting this Saturday in South Korea’s capital.
“We always want to win a championship, so we’re gonna play to win the championship,” said Cone.
“If it happens we win five in a row, that’s even better. But we’re the defending champions so we’ll try to defend our crown,” he added.
“It’s (Philippine Cup) the most prestigious. It’s the one the players look forward to the most, and usually, the one you have the most time to prepare for, so there’s really no excuses not to win the All-Filipino.”