MANILA, Philippines – San Mig Coffee battled from 20 points down to turn back GlobalPort, 92-82, for their third victory in the PBA Governors' Cup on Friday.
The Coffee Mixers were staring at a 24-44 deficit in the first half before they patiently chipped away the Batang Pier’s lead in the next two quarters.
Marqus Blakely and PJ Simon overhauled San Mig Coffee’s offense, pushing the Coffee Mixers ahead, 73-72 early in the fourth period.
Blakely wound up with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Simon finished with 24, 19 of them coming in the last two quarters.
Two-time MVP James Yap added 13 points as San Mig Coffee ruined Dior Lowhorn’s debut for GlobalPort.
The burly Batang Pier import had a double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds, but this didn’t stop GlobalPort from sliding to seventh place with a 1-3 record.
San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone said he was frustrated after seeing his team play catch-up in the first half. He said they escaped defeat only because of their depth and talent.
“I was angry at myself at halftime. I don’t think we got hard in practice and it carried over in the game. No one to point the finger at but myself. The guys came out to bail me out,” said Cone in the PBA website.
“We were sluggish in the first half. We got some things going coming out of the half from James (Yap) and PJ (Simon),” he added. “They were very prepared and we weren’t, but our depth and talent got us in the game, and it took from there.”
San Mig joined sister team San Miguel Beer and Air21 in joint second with a 3-1 record each.
San Mig Coffee 92 - Simon 26, Blakely 25, Yap 13, Pingris 10, Devance 8, Sangalang 7, Barroca 3, Maliksi 0, Gaco 0, Holstein 0, Reavis 0, Melton 0.
GlobalPort 82 - Lowhorn 33, Washington 16, Cabagnot 12, Menk 10, Matias 7, Romeo 4, Ponferada 0, Salva 0, Salvador 0, Garcia 0, Macapagal 0, Custodio 0.
Quarterscores: 18-29, 34-51, 67-68, 92-82