San Mig Coffee’s ‘Big Three’ of James Yap, Peter June Simon and Marc Pingris just became the winningest trio in the history of the former Purefoods franchise after completing their historic Grand Slam bid in Game Five of the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup finals on Wednesday at the jampacked SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The triumvirate has delivered seven championships together, breaking the previous franchise mark of six, held by the legendary Alvin Patrimonio.
Patrimonio, who is now the team manager of this Tim Cone-coached San Mig Coffee squad, could not be more proud.
“Nung player ako, six championships lang ako. Now na-break na nila, ng grupong ito. Saludo ako sa kanila. Ang galing,” Patrimonio told InterAksyon.com after clinching the crown....
Next in line: Rising San Mig Coffee star Mark Barroca hopes to continue legacy of past franchise greats
That’s five championships and counting.
“Wala akong in-e-expect sa early stage ng career ko. Parang learning stage pa rin kasi sa akin yan. Pero alam ko itong team na ito may potential. Iniisip ko lang kung paano ako makakatulong,” Barroca told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview....
The Mixers saw their Governors' Cup trophy damaged during their title celebration after clinching the victory over Rain or Shine.
Later on, veteran center Rafi Reavis was spotted walking around with the rest of the trophy....
At the height of San Mig Coffee’s championship celebration in the Commissioner’s Cup – the Mixers’ third straight and the two-thirds mark of the historic Grand Slam – import Marqus Blakely was on the sidelines watching the team’s success as he worked to recover from knee surgery.
Despite knowing his limitations, the former Best Import of the Conference awardee whispered to superstar James Yap that he would help the Mixers complete win the Grand Slam.
A few short months later and here they stand, just as Blakely said they would be....
The superstar wingman scored 29 points, including a series of clutch baskets, in the clinching Game Five, putting the final touches in a brilliant series that saw him average 16.2 points and 4.4 rebounds against the tough Rain or Shine Elasto Painters defense.
He also won MVP honors when the Mixers won the Commissioner's Cup last March....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|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|