MANILA – Expect San Mig Coffee to go for the kill when they meet Talk ‘N Text in Game Four of their best-of-five title duel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Thursday.
With a 2-1 lead in the series, the Mixers only need one more win to nab a third straight title in three PBA conferences.
“For us to do that, we’ll need a better effort than what we gave in each of the first three games of the series,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone in the PBA website.
Cone said they will pounce on the Tropang Texters’ weaknesses when they bring their fight to the league’s former stomping ground, the PhilSports Arena, formerly known as the ULTRA.
“We’ve got to figure a way to get them uncomfortable again. We need to be ready and willing to grind out a win,” he said.
Talk ‘N Text seemed to be headed to a victory in Game Three, when the Coffee Mixers forced the Tropang Texters to commit several scoring miscues in the final stretch.
Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black said they need to move on and focus on forcing a series deciding Game Five.
“It was a hard-fought game, and San Mig came out on top,” Black said referring to Game Three. “We’ve got to put this one behind us.”
Black, however, said he hopes the officiating won’t be as horrible as what happened in the third installment of the series.
He said the Texters were called for a total of 21 fouls, a lot more than San Mig Coffee’s 13.
“I just hope that the game is governed well to give us a fair chance of winning,” said Black. “I just think the contacts should be called evenly on both ends. If you call a foul on one team, the same contact should be called on the other end."