San Mig Coffee's Marc Pingris (15) lifts a shot over Rain or Shine's Beau Belga (30). Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) San Mig Coffee came back with a dominant Game 2 win against Rain or Shine to level the scores in their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup title series on Sunday.
The Mixers held down the Elasto Painters to just 24 points in the first two quarters before cruising their way to an 80-70 victory.
Marc Pingris led the way for San Mig Coffee with a double-double output of 11 points and 12 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. He rounded up his performance with four assists and two blocks.
But it was San Mig’s defense that broke Rain or Shine.
Among the Elasto Painters, only Jeff Chan managed to score in double digits with 18 points. Beau Belga, who scored 15 in Game 1, was limited to seven points, while Jervy Cruz was also held down to just eight.
The Mixers, on the other hand, had PJ Simon (15 points) Joe Devance (13 points), James Yap (13 points), Pingris and Ian Sangalang (10 points) all scoring in double digits.
“Our guys were surprisingly ready,” said coach Tim Cone in the PBA website. “I thought they might be a little bit tired after Game 1 but we came out strong.”
“We didn’t shoot that well in the first half, but we were defending well. We kept strong and kept our poise,” he added.
Rain or Shine managed to score only 29-for-78 from the field against San Mig Coffee’s brick wall defense.
Eager to make up for its heart-breaking Game 1 loss, San Mig hounded Rain or Shine’s shooters to gain a 20-13 advantage in the opening quarter.
With Chan and Paul Lee still having hard time buying baskets, the Mixers’ lead ballooned up to 13 points by the end of the first half.
With Rain or Shine’s scorers in check, San Mig Coffee never had any trouble pocketing its first win in the series.
The Mixers’ also avenged their 80-83 loss to the Elasto Painters in Game 1, which was ended via an impressive alley-oop between Gabe Norwood and Lee.
San Mig Coffee 80 - Simon 15, Devance 13, Yap 13, Pingris 11, Sangalang 10, Mallari 8, Barroca 4, Reavis 4, Melton 2, Gaco 0.
Rain or Shine 70 - Chan 18, Cruz 8, Norwood 8, Belga 7, Lee 7, Almazan 5, Teng 5, Quinahan 3, Nuyles 3, Tang 2, Ibanes 2, Rodriguez 2, Arana 0, Tiu 0.
Quarterscores: 20-13, 37-24, 58-48, 80-70