San Mig takes lead

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

MANILA -- Joe Devance scored four straight points in the last 3:36 to lift San Mig Coffee past Rain or Shine, 77-76, for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven titular series Wednesday in the 39th PBA Philippine cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Both teams played good defense all-throughout, resulting to game that had no team scoring more than 80 points. Devance’s last basket for a 77-74 lead in the last 2:59 turned out to be the Coffee Mixers final score. Gabe Norwood scored to move the Elasto Painters to within a point, 76-77, with still 1:24 remaining.

“What an awesome game! It was a back and forth game couple of times. They got the chance to take contraol. The two three-point shots we made before the half was really the key. Then they came out in the second half, they were like a house on fire,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone.


Jeff Chan had a chance to grab the lead in the dying seconds but missed from the three-point area, allowing the Coffee Mixers to escape with the victory and avoid a repetition of Game 1 when they faltered in the crucial stretch. San Mig lost the opening game in the series, 83-80, but bounced back in the second with an 80-70 triumph.

Peter June Simon paced San Mig with 14 points, Devance settled with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Paul Lee topscored for Rain or Shine with 23 points, and Chan finished with 11. FCC
The scores:

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 77 - Simon 14, Devance 13, Yap 13, Sangalang 12, Barroca 8, Pingris 7, Mallari 5, Reavis 4, Melton 1, De Ocampo 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 76 - Lee 23, Chan 11, Cruz 10, Almazan 7, Belga 6,Rodriguez 6, Quinahan 5, Norwood 4, Tiu 2, Ibanes 2, Tang 0, Teng 0.

Quarterscores: 19-20, 38-39, 63-64, 77-76 .

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 20, 2014.


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