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‘No big deal’: San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone downplays perfect record vs old team Alaska

AKTV/Paolo Papa

AKTV/Paolo Papa

His 8-0 win-loss mark against former team Alaska is no big deal.

San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone swore that his unbeaten streak against the Aces cannot be used a gauge in their best-of-five semifinal series of the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

“Many are going to make a big deal about our record with Alaska over the last few conferences,” said the 14-time PBA champion coach as his Mixers face the top-seed Aces on Saturday in Game One at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Cone won his first 13 titles with Alaska, and has never lost to his old squad since his transfer to the Purefoods franchise prior to last season.

“But you can really throw that out the window. Right now, we’re just trying to get a series win so we can take a 1-0 lead.”

The Mixers, the defending champion in the tournament, had to go through a stiff challenge presented by Meralco in their best-of-three quarterfinal series.

Meanwhile, Alaska needed just one win over No. 8 seed Air 21 to move into the final four.

Cone knows the Aces are playing very well in the tournament and he expects nothing but a grueling encounter against his former club.

“Alaska is the No. 1 seed and they deserve it. They’ve been the dominant team this conference,” he said. “It’s going to be an extremely tough series.”

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