MANILA – The Air21 Express are looking to sustain their remarkable run when they play the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of their best-of-five PBA Commissioners Cup semi-finals series Thursday night at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
The Express, after pulling off a massive upset over the second-seeded San Miguel Beermen in the quarter-finals, stunned the Coffee Mixers in Game 1, 103-100.
“We’re just here to seize the moment,” Air21 coach Franz Pumaren told PBA.ph. “Being an uninvited guest, our concern is just to play what we’re capable of playing, and we’re okay.”
Air21 drew a career game from Sean Anthony, as well as solid performances from Asi Taulava and import Wesley Witherspoon to register their first win over San Mig Coffee this season as well as their first three-game winning streak in a year.
A huge run in the fourth quarter allowed Air21 to nip the Mixers, who were coming off a tiring series against Alaska and seemingly ran out of steam in the endgame.
“San Mig Coffee is tired coming from an extended championship series in the Philippine Cup, and another tough three-game series in the quarters against Alaska,” said Pumaren, who was quick to add that they cannot in anyway underestimate the Mixers.
“All we’ve got is a small step in the series,” he pointed out. “Again, it’s tough to play San Mig Coffee. They have got rich tradition and championship pedigree.”
San Mig coach Tim Cone, for his part, commended Air21 for the win, saying, “They made big plays and big shots all night to keep us at bay.”
“We need to come back with a better response, and come into Game Two with the mindset of playing to the personality of our team,” said Cone. “We got away from that in Game One.”
Game time is at 8:00 p.m.