The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers celebrate after winning the PBA Philippine Cup. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com.
MANILA – The PBA Philippine Cup came to a thrilling conclusion Wednesday night with a game that had virtually everything a basketball fan can ask for – high stakes, a dramatic walkout, high-level basketball, an unexpected scoring duel, and of course, a champion emerging at the end.
The San Mig Coffee Mixers entered the game with a 3-2 series lead and looked to be well on their way to clinching the title when Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao staged a dramatic walk out early in the second quarter.
The Elasto Painters eventually returned, and they made a game out of it with a late run before halftime, paving the way for a thrilling second half that saw San Mig rookie Ian Sangalang step up, while Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee kept his team in the game with big baskets.
Down the stretch, San Mig guard Mark Barroca featured in an unexpected duel with RoS big man Beau Belga, and it was the “Coffee Prince” who came out on top by drilling a booming triple that virtually wrapped the game for the Mixers.
San Mig forward Marc Pingris also had a gem of a defensive stop against Lee to add to the highlight reel, and to top off the drama, Guiao got thrown out of the game after incurring a second technical foul with just moments to go.
Here are some interesting numbers to consider at the conclusion of the conference:
|San Mig head coach Tim Cone complains about a call during Game 6 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com.
The number of PBA championships won by San Mig head coach Tim Cone, the most in the history of the league. He overtook the legendary Baby Dalupan in the history books, but Cone was quick to say after the game that Dalupan remains the greatest coach of all time in Philippine basketball, and one of the best in the world.
The margin of victory in the best-of-seven Finals series between San Mig and Rain or Shine. It was a closely contested series that featured several down-the-wire games. The biggest margin of victory was in Game 2, when San Mig beat RoS by 10, 80-70. One game later, they won by just one point, 77-76.
The number of points scored by San Mig point guard Mark Barroca in Game 6. Barroca caught fire late in the fourth quarter, at one point going back-and-forth with Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga. He scored 14 points in the final frame.
|The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters walk out of the playing court during the second quarter of Game 6 against the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com.
The time remaining in the second period when Rain or Shine Coach Yeng Guiao led his team to a temporary walkout. They were given 15 minutes by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud to return the court, and the E-Painters did return after only a couple of minutes.
The winning streak of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, a franchise record. They won their last seven games of the elimination round, then defeated GlobalPort in the quarter-finals. They claimed the first two games of the semi-finals against Petron before getting routed, 106-73, in Game 3. They were quick to bounce back, taking the next two games to advance to the Finals.
The record of the San Mig Coffee Mixers after the first six games of the conference. San Mig Coffee lost to Ginebra, Alaska, Petron, Rain or Shine and Meralco, winning only against the cellar-dwelling Air21 in overtime. But a strong finishing kick in the second half of the conference allowed them to enter the playoffs as the fifth seed with a 7-7 record.
The crowd at the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Game Six.