GlobalPort Batang Pier (94) - (92) Petron Blaze Boosters
Barako Bull Energy (79) - (75) San Mig Coffee Mixers
Best: Sol Mercado gets a double-double, Justin Williams actually has some offense, Gary David erupts for 28, and Japeth Aguilar justifies the playing time. What’s not to like if you’re a Batang Pier?
Worst: Chris Lutz getting injured. It’s confirmed – he has a broken rib. Get well soon, Mr. Lutz. Oh, but if you’re looking for something awful ON THE HARDWOOD, then how about Arwind Santos’s 1-of-9 three-point shooting?
Maybe Japeth was right after all: Aguilar, in his first game after getting traded by Talk N Text, and after his ill-fated stab at an NBA D-League career, scores 16 points, pulls down 9 boards, and blocks 4 shots, including a big one on Jay Washington in the endgame. He was solid down low after Williams was sent off in the third period. Looks like Aladdin got his wish.
Best: The Josh Urbiztondo-Evan Brock connection. That alley-oop early on was mighty nasty, and their combined production wasn’t too shabby as well – 35 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.
Worst: Both Alex Mallari and Mark Barroca tried their hand at playing point guard tonight. Both failed miserably. Their combined stats – 9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 turnovers, and 5 fouls in 57 minutes. Oh, and 3-of-14 from the field. No wonder Urbiztondo and Jonas Villanueva were smirking all night.
So the guy who advised SMC to let go of Urbiztondo and Villanueva should be looking over his shoulder now: Both those guys used to alternate at the floor general position for SMC/B-Meg, but they got let go – Urbiztondo before this season and Villanueva in-between conferences. If they felt some bitterness, who could blame them, right? Thing is, I don’t think they’re feeling that bitter right now. Uribiztondo continues his rise with a near-double-double, while Villanueva relished in the extended freedom of movement.
Sizzling Simon shoots down GlobalPort as San Mig Coffee seals second spot
Rey Joble, InterAKTV · Friday, December 7, 2012 · 9:58 pm
Needing to win one win to secure the twice-to-beat prize for the Philippine Cup quarterfinals, San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone knew his team would to struggle for it.
The Coffee Mixers did it the hard way, hacking out a 107-96 win against a GlobalPort squad that fought hard despite playing merely for pride Friday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Peter June Simon came up big, picking up the slack for the hurting James Yap with 27 points to lead the way for the Mixers, who formalized their hold of the No. 2 spot in the quarterfinal round.
"I know it wasn't pretty, but it's a lot harder than what people see from the outside," said Cone.
"There's the other team which has gotten loose and another team looked stressed. Looking at each other, you know there's going to be a real battle. Certainly, there's no easy games in the PBA."
San Mig Coffee did not get its rhythm going until the early part of the fourth quarter, when the Mixers outscored the Batang Pier, 34-18, to secure their 10th win in 13 games.
"We just took care of business tonight. I told my players that all we have to do is walk out there and win. Let's not misunderstand our expectations. We don't have to win by 25 points, but we only need to win by one and win," said Cone.
The Mixers still have one game left on their elimination round schedule against the Meralco Bolts, but are locked into a playoff duel against the underachieving but dangerous Petron Blaze Boosters.
"Anybody could pick a harder opponent, but Petron. There's a saying that you don't choose who to play in the playoffs because you need to go through everyone of them," said Cone.
GlobalPort ended its campaign with just a lone win to show in 14 games.
San Mig Coffee 107 -- Simon 27, De Ocampo 18, Pingris 14, Barroca 12, Ramos 8, Yap 8, Reavis 7, Devance 5, Intal 4, Villanueva 4, Gonzales 0.
Globalport 96 -- David 22, Al-Hussaini 20, Deutchman 13, Miller 13, Mandani 10, Salvador 6, Guevarra 4, Raymundo 2, Manuel 2, Lingganay 2, Yee 2, Vanlandingham 0.
Quarters: 20-27; 47-49; 73-78; 107-96