San Mig Coffee starts bid for 3rd straight title-A A +A
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SAN Mig Coffee, aiming for a third straight championship, sees action today as it faces winless Globalport while Alaska seeks a second victory when they collide with Meralco on Wednesday in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Coffee Mixers, fresh from their Philippine Cup triumph, take on Batang Pier at 8 p.m. following the Alaska and Meralco encounter at 5:45 p.m.
Import James Dixon Mays will see action for the first time after promising another playoff stint for the Coffee Mixers in the second conference of the season.
“I don't want to guarantee a championship but I know we'll be in the playoffs. I don't think there will be a lot of pressure for me to do everything because we got a lot of great players in the team and everybody pretty knows their roles. I feel like I'm going in as another piece of the puzzle that I hope would be great,” said Mays, a 6’8” forward, who had played in Puerto Rico and China and the earliest import to arrive
since late January.
Coach Tim Cone starters like James Yap, Marc Pingres, Mark Barroca, Peter June Simon and Joe Devance have at least more than five-day rest since their 4-2 victory over Rain or Shine in the Finals of the all-Filipino conference. They started practicing with the team last Saturday to prepare for their first game.
All out to stop Mays is Globalport 6'8 import Evan Brock, who is still looking for thier first victory after losing their opening game to Air 21 Express, 78-83, on March 5 and then to the Alaska Aces, 77-93, last Saturday.
Meanwhile, despite remarkable performance in his first two games, the San Miguel Beermen went on to replace Josh Boone with the 6’8” Kevin Jones, a former West Virginia University standout. The 29-year-old Boone averaged 24 points in two matches with the Beermen capped by a 32-point performance coupled with 21 rebounds against the Ginebra Kings on Sunday.
“We would like to thank Josh Boone for his effort and professionalism. He showed a lot of heart while wearing a Beermen uniform. We look forward to enjoying Josh's future success as he will always be a member of the Beermen Family,” a statement from the SMB management said.
In another development, the PBA commissioner's office approved the trade involving Alaska's Aldrich Ramos and Air 21's Vic Manuel.
The 6’6” Ramos is a fifth overall pick by Barako Bull in 2012, while the 6'5 Manuel is 9th overall pick by Globalport in the same year.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 12, 2014.