San Mig Coffee hopes to stay alive anew in their semifinal series against Rain or Shine in Game Six when the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup resumes on Thursday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Mixers and the Elasto Painters meet at 6:45 p.m. with the latter hoping to finish off the series and reaching the finals for the second straight conference.
San Mig Coffee is trying to follow up their 79-67 win in Game Five last December 28.
“We’ve worked and prepared well through the holidays, so we certainly feel we’re ready to go at it,” said Mixers coach Tim Cone.
“We just have to stay focused and committed to the task at hand. We know Rain or Shine is going to play for a better game this time around, so we’ll have to play a better game this time around, play at a much higher level as well.”
The Coffee Mixers stayed in the series despite a two-point game from James Yap. Joe Devance, Marc Pingris and Peter June Simon carried the scoring for them to force a Game Six.
“James will definitely bounce back in Game Six,” said Cone.
Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao said Game Six will be crucial for their bid to make it to the finals as a loss would give their opponent the confidence to come back in the series.
“The break gave us a good chance to regain our focus and correct the mistakes of our last game. The key for us is to sustain our energy and keep the defensive pressure on them,” said Guiao, who is still searching for his first all-Filipino title in the league.
“Our attitude is to finish off the series tomorrow or face the consequence. We still lead the series but it’s always good to have that sense of urgency.”
Guiao needs to have a better effort especially from Jeff Chan, who was held down to just three points in Game Five loss, to stand a better shot for the finals.