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Coffee Mixers bag rare PBA Grand Slam
MANILA (UPDATE) – San Mig Coffee battled from 17 points down to fashion out a 100-91 victory against Talk ‘N Text to end their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals series, 3-1, and complete a rare grand slam.
The Coffee Mixers, which entered Game Four with a 2-1 series lead, found themselves behind in the first two quarters as the Tropang Texters zoomed to a 52-38 half-time lead.
The lead went up to as high as 17 points midway the third quarter.
San Mig Coffee, however, started asserting itself late in the third and gagged Talk ‘N Text’s inside plays.
Mark Barroca and James Yap then orchestrated a furious run in the fourth quarter, wiped out the Texters' lead and pushed the Mixers 9 points ahead.
“I'm speechless really and they know I don't get speechless. I talk all the time,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone after their title win.
“Talk 'N Text, they were great, they were awesome, I think we owe a round of applause to them, to Coach Norman [Black],” added Cone, who pocketed his 17th PBA crown. “He's been a friend and a mentor of mine for quite a while. I pay my respects for Talk 'N Text and what they have done this conference.”
It was a heartbreaking loss for Talk ‘N Text, which entered the finals by completing easy wins against Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals and Rain or Shine in the semis.
But the Mixers proved to be the perfect foil for Talk ‘N Text which they showed by dealing the Texters’ first tournament loss in Game One of their title series.
It was San Mig Coffee’s third straight title win, a feat last accomplished by San Miguel Beer in 2001.
The Mixers started their hat trick with the 2013 Governors’ Cup followed by another title win in the 2014 Philippine Cup.
Yap, whose go-ahead jumper won Game Three for the Mixers, was named Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). He averaged 11.5 points, 4.25 rebounds and 1.7 assists in the title series.
“Una sa lahat, nagpapasalamat ako kay God, and of course nandyan ang team mates ko,” he said.
Yap admitted he struggled throughout the tournament but found his groove during the best-of-five against the Texters.
“Nandyan sila sumusuporta,” Yap said. “Nag-struggle ako ng ilang games, [pero] nandyan [pa rin] sila.”
Barroca top scored for San Mig Coffee with 22 points, 20 in the second half. Import James Mays tallied 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 steals.
Jimmy Alapag paced Talk ‘N Text with 17 points.