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PBA: Good times ahead for SanMig

Manila, Philippines – After scoring their first win this conference following a 0-3 start, San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone believes the Mixers will be “ok“ the rest of the way as they try to defend the championship in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

San Mig Coffee played with better end-game composure to score a 90-82 win over Talk ‘N Text last Sunday in a rematch of a thrilling finals of this same conference last season when then B-Meg defeated TNT in overtime of Game 7.

“This is a team that plays with a lot of pride. They’ll not stay down for very long,“ said Cone.

“It all honesty, I didn’t think that we’ll get this one. I thought that we’ll get ready, get our game going. I’m not sure if we can win it, but I thought that from this point on we’ll be ok. And we’re just fortunate we got this one as well.“

“We always try to preach to the players that it’s not when you fall down, coz you’re always going to fall down… the game is hard. It is how we get up, which is so true in life and it’s so true in basketball,“ added the 14-time champion coach Cone.

Denzel Bowles, in his second game back after replacing the ineffective Matt Rogers, had a solid game with 29 points and 23 rebounds with two assists and three shot blocks in 42 minutes of action, a far cry from his performance in his initial game.

In a 93-65 loss to Rain or Shine, the 6-foot-11 Bowles finished with only 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field with 14 rebounds but he committed eight of the Mixers’ 25 turnovers, which the Painters turned to 37 points.

“Denzel inspires us. Denzel’s too skilled not to be a good player in our league,“ said Cone of Bowles, who bagged the Best Import trophy last season and led B-Meg to the title.

While San Mig Coffee has found a way to win, `crowd favorite’ Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s woes continues after 84-69 setback to Alaska in the Phoenix Fuel `PBA road game’ Saturday night in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

It was the Kings’ fourth straight defeat in as many games while the Aces improved to 4-0.

Ginebra’s defeat came despite parading its new import in former Detroit Pistons Vernon Macklin, who debuted with 16 points on 6-of-20 shooting with 20 rebounds in 43 minutes of action. The Kings made just 28-of-87 (32.2%) shots from the field.

Next to Alaska in the standings are Petron Blaze and Barako Bull, which are tied with similar 3-1 cards, followed Rain or Shine (2-1). TNT’s loss dropped them to solo fifth with an even 2-2 record. Meralco and Globalport are tied for sixth and seven at 2-3, followed by Air21 (1-2).

The Bolts ended a three-game losing skid with a 90-89 victory over the Batang Pier on a buzzer-beating three-point bank shot by Sunday Salvacion. (WAYLON GALVEZ)