San Mig Coffee rallies late to complete come-from-behind win over Talk ‘N Text

PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

Outworked and outhustled all game long, San Mig Coffee saved its best defensive effort for the last six minutes of the game, holding Talk ‘N Text to just a single field goal in completing a come-from-behind 83-82 win in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The Mixers were trailing most of the way and needed one late push to get back on winning track.

They got exactly that in the last six minutes, shutting down the Tropang Texters while unloading a 14-2 run capped by PJ Simons short jumper for the final tally.

Weve been outworked every game this conference, San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone said during the post game interview. Its been an inconsistent conference for us and the frustrating thing is we all know we have capabilities of reaching great heights, but were not doing it, and that frustrates us more.

San Mig Coffee won its sixth game in 12 games despite not getting much production from James Yap, who only had three points in 26 minutes of play.

Cone explained the reason for his superstars struggle.

Hes been sick the past two days. We also had Rafi Reavis who didnt practice for 10 days while Alex Mallari didnt return as his knee was bothering him the past few games until he couldnt play it through when he went out in the first half. Were not making excuses, but its hard to be consistent when you dont have a healthy line up, said Cone.

But this one is crucial for us not just for the standings, but to get our confidence back.

In pulling off a comeback win, the Mixers needed a big effort down the stretch, turning what looked like another disappointing loss into a dramatic victory.

Its a tough win. We jumped on each other. I dont know what happened in the last two or three minutes, but we stuck on each other. We dont expect a pretty win. We have to come out and struggle. When we won the championship last year, everything was a struggle, added Cone.

The scores:

SAN MIG COFFEE (83) – Bowles 18, Simon 15, Devance 15, Pingris 11, Barroca 7, De Ocampo 7, Yap 3, Reavis 3, Mallari 2, Gaco 2, Alvarez 0, Najorda 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT (82) – Harvey 19, Castro 17, De Ocampo 13, Reyes 12, Al-Hussaini 8, Fonacier 5, Alapag 4, Aban 2, Carey 2, Gamalinda 0, Peek 0.

Quarters: 23-20, 40-49, 66-65, 83-82.

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