MANILA – Defending champion San Mig Coffee will have to rely more on its second unit in the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup if it wants to stretch its title streak to four.
The Coffee Mixers have been playing with little rest since last year’s Governors’ Cup and this has been taking toll on their players.
Marc Pingris is grateful that their coach knows how pace his starters to avoid fatigue and burnout.
“Experienced na si coach [Tim Cone] eh. Di niya kami (starters) binababad,” Pingris said in Richard Dy’s Spin.ph report following their 76-66 win over Barako Bull last Wednesday.
Pingris, however, said their second unit will have to play with more spunk and vigor so they can maintain leads even without their starters around.
“Ang kailangan lang 'yung second group bantayan 'yung energy na kahit five minutes lang ang laruin nila eh may energy din,” he said.
Cone himself said the team had to battle through fatigue to dispose of the tenacious Energy Cola.
He added they also have to work on their rotation with returning import Marqus Blakely.
“There’s a little bit of disruption in the rotation with Allein [Maliksi] and Marqus [Blakely] coming in. We stayed in the game with our defense,” he said.
Despite the fatigue, Pingris said they are determined to defend the Governors’ Cup and complete a triple crown in the 39th season.
“Grabe, parang isang taon na akong di nagpapahinga. Pero ito 'yung binigay ni Lord sa amin na trabaho, so hindi dapat 'yung tatlong championship na kami eh petiks petiks na kami,” he said.