It’s a 3-peat for San Mig Super Coffee Mixers

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It’s three straight crown for San Mig Super Coffee Mixers.

The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers never gave up and rallied from a 17-point deficit to earn a hard-fought 100-91 victory over the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in Game Four to win the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Thursday at PhilSports Arena.

The Mixers won their third straight crown and moved one more tournament away from winning the league’s coveted Grand Slam.

But San Mig Coffee had to rally themselves against a determined Tropang Texters who is very determined to extend the series into a do-or-die game 5 on Sunday.

Talk ‘N Text started out scorching hot,erecting a 17-1 run in the start of the game.

“At halftime, I screamed at the guys, I yelled at them, told them, ‘You want to rest already for Game Five?’” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.

“I’m amazed, I thought they can’t do it, but this team has proven me wrong over and over again. Our guys didn’t want to quit, they just kept on battling.”

The Tropang Texters remained in control in the third quarter with a 68-53 advantage. But the Mixers never gave up and unleashed a telling 16-0 run anchored by rookie Ian Sangalang to take a 69-68 edge.

But Talk N’ Text had answers after Jayson Castro and Jimmy Alapag nailed back-to-back three-pointers to end the third period with a 74-69 lead.

Talk ‘N Text put another pedal in the metal for an 85-76 led early in the final quarter, before the Mixers came back to life.

A determined San Mig Coffee rode on the back of James Yap, who had a three-pointer, to capped a 17-4 run and gave the Mixers the lead for good, 93-89, with two minutes left to play.

Mark Barroca put the finishing touches on the game with big shots down the stretch to put Talk ‘N Text away.

The Purefoods franchise won its 12th title in franchise history and the fourth under coach Tim Cone, who padded his total as the PBA’s winningest coach with 17 championships.

The diminutive Barocca led the Mixers with 22 points, import James Mays had 18, Joe De Vance 12, Sangalang 12 and Justin Melton had 11.

Yap contributed 10 and was adjudged as the Finals’ MVP courtesy of his timely baskets and clutch plays.

Gilas mainstay Jimmy Alapag led the Tropang Texters with 17 points in a losing cause.

It was a disappointing finish for Talk ‘N Text, who blazed through the tournament with 13 straight wins prior to the finals.

But San Mig Coffee turned out to be the tougher team despite going through grueling battles in the playoffs against Alaska and Air 21.

The scores:

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 100 – Barroca 22, Mays 18, Devance 12, Sangalang 12, Melton 11, Yap 10, Pingris 6, Simon 6, Reavis 2, Mallari 1, De Ocampo 0, Gaco 0.

TALK N’ TEXT SUPER COFFEE 91 – Alapag 17, Howell 16, De Ocampo 16, Canaleta 16, Williams 12, Castro 5, Reyes 5, Seigle 2, Carey 2, Fonacier 0.

Quarters: 15-25, 38-52, 69-74, 100-91

— with reports from

Ed Umbao

Founder of | co-Founder of

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