MANILA, Philippines – San Mig Super Coffee guard Peter June Simon picked the best possible moment to break out of a shooting slump, as he fired 21 points to help the Mixers oust defending Commissioners Cup champions Alaska in the quarter-finals.
Simon picked apart the usually stingy Alaska defense with a variety of shots, and the Mixers rolled to a 79-65 win to advance to the best-of-five semi-finals, where they will face Air21.
After the game, Simon could only express his gratitude after finally finding his scoring rhythm.
“’Yung past two games, hindi talaga ako maka-shoot,” he said in a PBA.ph report. “Kaya sobrang blessed lang ngayon na pumapasok ‘yung mga tira ko.” [http://pba.inquirer.net/44578/perfect-time-to-break-out-of-slump]
“Sinabi lang ni Coach (Tim Cone) sa amin every time na do-or-die, it’s a players’ game,” he added. “Pray lang ang ginawa ko, at binigay ko lahat ng makakaya ko.”
Thanks to Simon’s timely scoring explosion and import James Mays, the Mixers were able to pull away and hold off Alaska’s multiple attempts to cut into the deficit.
The comparatively large margin of victory surprised even Simon.
“Hindi ko nga inaasahan na ganyang kalaki ‘yung lamang namin, kasi champion team sila at defensive-minded team din,” he said. “Kaya nagpapasalamat na lang kami na napunta sa amin ‘yung favor.”
Simon and the rest of the Coffee Mixers begin their best-of-five semi-finals showdown against Air21 on Tuesday.