MANILA, Philippines – San Mig Coffee will look for their third-straight championship crown when they begin their PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign against GlobalPort at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
The Mixers recently completed back-to-back title wins after beating the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to claim the Philippine Cup, adding to their Governors’ Cup conquest against the San Miguel Beermen (previously the Petron Blaze Boosters).
“Although our break between conferences was about the same as the last one, we feel better prepared to start the conference this time around,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone in the PBA website.
No PBA team has won 3 straight conference titles since coach Jong Uichico led San Miguel to nab the 2000 Commissioner's Cup, the 2000 Governors' Cup, and the 2001 All-Filipino crown.
The Mixers will be parading its 6’9” import James Mays, who recently ended his stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League.
Cone said that although they went through a grueling series with Rain or Shine, most of his players remained healthy. This will be important against GlobalPort, which is still looking for its first win in three games.
Mays will be going up against the Batang Pier’s Evan Brock when the game begins at 8 p.m.
“Although the guys are a bit worn out, we’ve got our health intact and a high energy import who has joined us,” said Cone. “We’re ready to fight for this championship.”
At the 5:45 p.m. curtain raiser, defending champions Alaska Aces will be going for their second straight win when they collide against winless Meralco Bolts.