At halftime of Game Two of their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup, Mixers coach Tim Cone made a bold decision: ditch his trademark triangle offense — the same system that led to San Mig Coffee winning back-to-back titles.
Television analyst Jojo Lastimosa, a longtime player and coach under Cone at Alaska, quickly noted how the Mixers have stopped running the triangle in favor of an alternate offense.
“We were running that before,” said Lastimosa of Cone’s ploy of working the ball into their big men in the low post to grind out the game....
Despite his ailment, Pingris finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks to lead the Mixers to a 70-65 win over the Aces in the second game of their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series.
Pingris was all over the floor, battling against the Aces’ towers of Robert Dozier and Sonny Thoss in the paint. During one memorable sequence in the fourth quarter, he kept the ball alive at San Mig Coffee’s baseline, going over the railing to sacrifice his body....
The Mixers leaned on a 16-0 run in the fourth quarter to overhaul the Alaska Aces' lead, and win, 70-65, on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, thus forcing a sudden death game three in their 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals series.
Alaska, which had beaten San Mig Coffee in back-to-back games, Sunday in their elimination round game and Monday in their first quarterfinals match, suffered from an eight minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter to allow the Mixers to climb back into the game and ultimately get the win....
In a best-of-three quarterfinal series, a 1-0 advantage is a good thing, but it doesn’t guarantee anything.
That’s what Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo told his wards yesterday, saying they have to have the killer instinct when they clash with San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of their quarterfinal showdown in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“It’s a huge win for us, but a 1-0 lead is not a guarantee. Yes, it puts us in a good situation, but it takes two wins to knock them out,” said Trillo, who hopes to lead Alaska back to the finals.
From a tight contest in the first three periods of the game, Alaska unleashed a big fourth quarter run with Cyrus Baguio and JV Casio leading the way in the Aces 86-77 victory in Game 1 Monday night.
The Aces and the Mixers collide at 5:45 p.m.
Baguio and Casio combined for 14 points in a torrid fourth quarter run. The Aces’ defense also held as they held San Mig scoreless for six minutes to pad their lead from 72-69 to 84-69 with three minutes left.
Alaska import Rob Dozier finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Baguio added 14 points.
Sonny Thoss and Calvin Abueva added 12 points each, and Casio finished with eight markers.
San Mig import James Mays, who averaged nearly 23 points, 16 rebounds in the elimination round, was held to just 18 and 11, while the locals didn’t do much better. Mark Barroca got 17 points and James Yap finished with 12.
“Our defense in the fourth was great, we limited them to 16 points. We had problems in that big lineup of theirs, but we did a good job taking them out of their flow of big lineups,” said Trillo.
But after the Mixers’ loss in the opener of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals on Monday against Alaska, all Pingris could promise to fans was that the team will show heart when they try to stave off elimination in Game Two on Wednesday.
“Kung ano yung puso na nakita niyo sa San Mig Coffee nung nanalo kami ng back-to-back championships, yun ang makikita niyo sa susunod na game,” Pingris told InterAksyon.com....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||5||6||0.455|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||10||6||0.625||5th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||4||5||0.444||7th|