San Mig Coffee's James Yap (L) drives to the basket
MANILA – Even San Mig Super Coffee head coach Tim Cone was at a loss for words after the Mixers’ remarkable performance in Game 7 of their PBA Philippine Cup semi-finals series against the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
Behind the hot shooting of veteran guards James Yap and PJ Simon, the Coffee Mixers put on a show offensively, making 60% of their field goals including an astounding 68.8% of their three-point attempts.
They pulled away in the second period and never let up en route to a 110-87 victory and a stint in the Finals, where they will face the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
“I am kinda stunned,” Cone said, as quoted by PBA.ph. “It was really a stunning performance by us.”
“Great shooting,” he added. “Wow! I didn’t do anything tonight. These guys did it all.”
Yap and Simon carried the load offensively for San Mig, scoring 30 and 28 points, respectively. Yap got the ball rolling when he scored 24 points in the first half, and Simon picked it up in the fourth quarter as he drilled 11 points to douse Ginebra’s rallies.
“There was too much James and PJ out there tonight,” Cone said. “Truly phenomenal. Shooting like that, no one’s gonna beat us tonight.”
Yap made seven of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc, while Simon made 11 of his 15 field goals. Ian Sangalang and Rafi Reavis also chipped in 15 points each.
Marc Pingris was again all over the floor for San Mig, scoring eight points to go along with 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four blocks.
After the game, Yap said the “do-or-die” nature of the contest fired him and his teammates up.
“Do or die na, so kailangan talaga, kumbaga wala ng bukas talaga. Lagi kong iniisip na kapag do-or-die, ilabas mo na ‘yung mga natutunan mo sa basketball simula noong bata ka,” he said.
Yap outplayed Ginebra guard Mark Caguioa, who scored 23 points but shot seven-of-18 from the field. As a team, Ginebra made less than 39% of their shots and were seemingly shocked by the Mixers’ crisp ball movement all throughout the game.
As a team, San Mig had 30 assists – including 20 in the first half – while Ginebra had 17.