San Mig rips RoS, moves a win away from crown

by Dennis Gasgonia,

Posted at Feb 22 2014 12:02 AM | Updated as of Feb 23 2014 02:13 AM

San Mig's PJ Simon goes for a floater in Game 4 of their title clash against Rain or Shine on Friday. Photo by Mark Cristino for

MANILA, Philippines -- San Mig Coffee moved just a win away from clinching the PBA Philippine Cup title after taking a commanding 3-1 series lead against Rain or Shine in their best-of-7 finals duel.

The Mixers outlasted the E-Painters down the stretch for a 93-90 win in Game 4 on Friday.

Ian Sangalang led San Mig Coffee with 17 points on 8-of-12 field goal shooting. He also tallied 8 boards in 23 minutes.

Mark Barroca and James Yap added 17 points each for the Mixers' balanced attack versus Yeng Guiao's Elasto Painters.

The Mixers managed to survive even without their defensive ace, Marc Pingris, whose right eye got accidentally poked by JR Quinahan during the third quarter.

They also ruined Paul Lee's 28-point effort for Rain or Shine.

If San Mig wins the title, it will give Tim Cone a league-best 16th career championship as coach and break the record currently held by legendary coach Baby Dalupan.

As expected, it was a nip-and-tuck affair for both squads in the first 3 quarters. The Mixers, however, opened the fourth quarter with a 16-4 run that turned a 70-76 deficit to an 86-80 lead midway the period.

Lee rallied his team to bring Rain or Shine within 2 points, 88-90. But free throws from Barroca and Sangalang held off the E-Painters.

JR Quinahan finished with 11 points, while Beau Belga added 10.

Meanwhile, Petron Blaze's June Mar Fajardo was named as the Best Player of the Conference for towing his team to the Philippine Cup semis.

The 6'10" Booster bested teammate Arwind Santos, Barangay Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter, and GlobalPort's Jay Washington.

Box scores:

San Mig Coffee 93 - Barroca 17, Sangalang 17, Yap 17, Devance 12, Simon 12, Melton 7, Pingris 6, Mallari 3, Reavis 2, Gaco 0.

Rain or Shine 90 - Lee 28, Quinahan 11, Belga 10, Norwood 10, Cruz 8, Almazan 6, Chan 6, Tiu 4, Ibanes 4, Arana 3, Tang 0, Nuyles 0, Teng 0, Rodriguez 0.

Quarterscores: 26-27, 52-42, 70-76, 93-90