Playoff picture as of December 29, 2012, PBA Philippine Cup 2013

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The San Mig Coffee Mixers grinded out a 79-67 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game Five Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena to stay alive in their best-of-seven Philippine Cup series.


Semifinals schedule of PBA Philippine Cup 2013

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Here’s the schedule of the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals:

Sunday, December 30 – SM Mall of Asia Arena
– 4:15 p.m. – Game Five: Talk ‘N Text versus Alaska

Thursday, January 3 – SM Mall of Asia Arena
– 6:45 p.m. – Game Six: San Mig Coffee versus Rain or Shine

Friday, January 4 – Cuneta Astrodome
– 6:45 p.m. – Game Six: Talk ‘N Text versus Alaska

Tough defense help San Mig Coffee to win the game

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San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone dug deep into his bag of tricks with his Mixers facing elimination in their Philippine Cup semifinals series against Rain or Shine.

After their Game Five victory, Cone credited his team’s switching defense to try to halt the Elasto Painters’ vaunted attack — and for at least this match, the tactic worked.

Rain or Shine shot just 32.9 percent from the field, including 4-of-26 from beyond the arc. Cone played only three big men — Marc Pingris, Joe Devance, and Rafi Reavis — all game long, and instructed them to use their quickness to chase the Elasto Painters’ deadly guards along the perimeter.

Mark Barroca also performed well, hounding Rain or Shine’s point guards from baseline to baseline and setting the tone for the Mixers’ defense.


Only one Rain or Shine player, Larry Rodriguez, scored in double figures with 14 points. The Elasto Painters’ top guns, Lee and Jeff Chan, were both miserable from the field. Lee scored eight points but was just 3-of-12 from the field, while Chan was even worse, scoring just three points on 1-of-8 shooting.

But the defensive adjustment also had some casualties in the San Mig Coffee rotation. Yancy De Ocampo, who has started at center for the team through most of the tournament, did not play a single minute.

“They’ve been picking on him defensively, and we haven’t gotten enough from him offensively,” said Cone, who said De Ocampo could still see action later in the series.

Clash of styles

Cone noted that the series is a clash of styles between his system and that of Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, who prefers to spread out minutes among his players.

While he said he admires Guiao’s system, Cone said it’s not for him. “As my mother would say, there’s more than one way to skin a cat,” said Cone. “We’re gonna stay through a seven, eight-man rotation.”

But a big key for the Mixers, according to Cone, is getting contributions from role players who only make short appearances during games. He praised Jonas Villanueva, JC Intal, and Wesley Gonzales for playing hard in their limited minutes without complaints.

“They said, ‘Give me two minutes and I’m gonna play with all my heart,” said Cone.

San Mig Coffee wins Game 5 to extend the series over Rain or Shine

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San Mig Coffee’s campaign in the Philippine Cup wouldn’t be ending in 2012.

With their backs against the wall, the Mixers grinded out a 79-67 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their last game of the calendar year Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena to stay alive in their best-of-seven Philippine Cup series.

“The New Year’s celebration is the farthest thing from our minds right now,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.

The win cut down San Mig Coffee’s series deficit, 3-2, and the Mixers did it despite missing James Yap for most of the game due to foul trouble.


The San Mig Coffee superstar was limited to just two points after playing just 23 minutes. He picked up his fourth and fifth fouls in quick succession with still more than nine minutes left in the third quarter, and did not check in until the 5:32 mark of the fourth quarter, when San Mig was already up, 71-62.

The rest of the Mixers stepped up with their main man out of commission. Joe Devance top-scored with 20 points, while Marc Pingris posted 18 points and 10 rebounds. Peter June Simon and Mark Barroca took care of the perimeter game for San Mig Coffee in Yap’s absence, scoring 16 and 11 points, respectively.

“They really dug deep, they played heavy, heavy minutes,” said Cone.

Pingris, Simon, and Barroca each played at least 41 minutes, with Devance logging 37.

Without its top offensive weapon, San Mig Coffee turned to defense, limiting Rain or Shine to just 32.9 percent shooting from the field. Only one Elasto Painter, Larry Rodriguez, scored in double figures with 14 points.

Rain or Shine’s top guns were silent from the field, with Paul Lee shooting 3-of-12 and Jeff Chan, 1-of-8.

Cone said San Mig Coffee’s only focus would be winning Game Six, which is set on Thursday, January 3, at the same venue.

“They beat us twice in a row. And we believe we can beat them twice in a row,” he said.

The scores:

SANMIG COFFEE 79 – Devance 20, Pingris 18, Simon 16, Barroca 11, Reavis 6, Villanueva 3, Gonzales 3, Yap 2, Intal 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 67 – Rodriguez 14, Cruz 9, Lee 8, Ibanes 8, Matias 7, Norwood 5, Belga 4, Quinahan 4, Tang 3, Chan 3, Tiu 2, Arana 0.

Quarters: 17-15, 31-29, 52-50, 79-67

PBA Average Statistical Point Leaders at the end of elims

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Here are the leaders in average statistical points as of the end of the elimination round of the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup. Average statistical points are used to determine candidates for the league’s individual awards and is part of the criteria for the winners.



PlayerTeamGamesStatistical PointsWon Game BonusAverage SPs
Arwind SantosPetron Blaze144486035.9
Calvin AbuevaAlaska102727032.7
Jayson CastroTalk 'N Text1331011031.9
Sol MercadoMeralco143708031.1
Kelly WilliamsTalk 'N Text1430012029.3
Jeff ChanRain or Shine143189028.8
James YapSan Mig Coffee1329310028.7
Ranidel De OcampoTalk 'N Text1428612028.64
Larry FonacierTalk 'N Text1428012028.57
Cyrus BaguioAlaska143188028.4
Mark CaguioaBarangay Ginebra San Miguel143287028.4
Peter June SimonSan Mig Coffee1428910027.4
JVee CasioAlaska143008027.1
Jervy CruzRain or Shine142979026.9
Willie MillerGlobalPort143641026.7
Ryan ReyesTalk 'N Text1323511026.2
Chris LutzPetron Blaze143266026.14
KG CanaletaAir 21143155026.07
Gabe NorwoodRain or Shine142749026
Marc PingrisSan Mig Coffee1221510025.8
Mac CardonaMeralco142838025.6
Cliff HodgeMeralco142858025.4
Jimmy AlapagTalk 'N Text1322211025.2
LA TenorioBarangay Ginebra San Miguel142847024.9
Joe DevanceSan Mig Coffee1322310024.85

Meralco defeats San Mig Coffee, Faces Alaska

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The Meralco Bolts took care of business Sunday, defeating the San Mig Coffee Mixer 87-77 at the SM Mall of Asia Coliseum to set up a quarterfinals showdown against the Alaska Aces.

With the Mixers already safely ensconced in the quarterfinals — San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone opted to rest hurting superstar James Yap — it was the Bolts who dominated the game for their eighth win in 14 contests.


Veteran forward Reynel Hugnatan led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds for Meralco, which finished with the eliminations with the same record as the Aces. The two teams will start their best-of-three playoff encounter on Wednesday.

Meralco’s victory means Rain or Shine will face Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the quarterfinals in another best-of-three series.

Both of those pairings will kick off Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

San Mig Coffee, meanwhile, will have twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals against Petron in the series that begins Thursday, also at the Big Dome.

Ginebra and Meralco to determine playoff seedings

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco take on separate opponents to determine their respective playoff seedings in the final playdate of the Philippine Cup elimination round Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bolts take on the San Mig Coffee Mixers in the opener at 4 p.m. before the Gin Kings battle the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the nightcap at 6:30 p.m.

Meralco and Ginebra are tied at fifth and sixth places, and their quarterfinal opponents will depend on the results of Sunday’s games.

Because Meralco won its lone match with Ginebra this conference, a win by the Bolts or a loss by the Gin Kings will result in a playoff pairing between Meralco and Alaska as well as Rain or Shine and Ginebra. Each of those matchups will be a best-of-three series.


A win by Ginebra and a loss by Meralco would allow the Gin Kings to leapfrog the Bolts. That would set up a quarterfinal clash between Rain or Shine and Meralco as well as Alaska and Ginebra.

The games don’t hold any meaning for Talk ‘N Text and San Mig Coffee, which are assured of finishing first and second after the eliminations, respectively. The two teams are locked in against their playoff opponents, with each squad enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage.

The Tropang Texters will be taking on eighth seed Air 21, while the Mixers will face No. 7 Petron Blaze in the quarterfinals.

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PBA Standings as of December 7, 2012

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In PBA Friday action, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters capped their elimination round campaign with an explosive 116-101 victory over Barako Bull. The loss took the Energy Colas out of contention for the final Philippine Cup quarterfinals spot.

This was despite Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao missing most of the action after being caught in traffic traveling from Pampanga.

In the nightcap, the San Mig Coffee Mixers clinched the second spot with a 107-96 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier. With the win, San Mig Coffee assured itself a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals over Petron.

It would also allow Mixers coach Tim Cone to rest James Yap, who is suffering from a bone spur in his right ankle, for their final assignment against Meralco on Sunday.


TeamWLPCTGBStreakNote
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters1120.846-W4Clinched QF twice-to-beat
San Mig Coffee Mixers1030.7691W3Clinched QF twice-to-beat
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters950.6432.5W1Clinched QF berth
Alaska Aces860.5713.5W2Clinched QF berth
Meralco Bolts760.5384W1Clinched QF berth
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel760.5384L1Clinched QF berth
Petron Blaze Boosters680.4295.5L2Clinched QF berth
Air 21 Express590.3576.5W1Clinched QF berth
Barako Bull Energy Colas4100.2867.5L1Eliminated
GlobalPort Batang Pier1130.07110.5L10Eliminated

James Yap will not play in their final elims game

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A bone spur in his right ankle has been slowing down San Mig Coffee superstar James Yap, according to coach Tim Cone.

The two-time Most Valuable Player has been noticeably slowed down in the last two games for the Mixers, failing to hit double-digits each time.


“He has a bone spur on his foot. We have him X-rayed two days ago. But I think he’ll get through it and he will be ready for the playoffs,” said Cone, who added his top gun has been playing through pain for most of the conference.

“He plays with a lot of stuff that people don’t know,” said Cone. “Injuries, such as this one, are tough to overcome, but the real therapy for it is rest, so I want to have him rested in our next game.”

Cone said he’s planning to rest Yap in the Mixers’ final assignment on Sunday against Meralco.

But despite hurting, Yap said he’s willing to play through all of it.

“Maraming beses na akong naglalaro na mayroon akong nararamdaman pero hindi ko ipinapaalam sa tao,” said Yap. “Kaya gusto ko pa ring maglaro sa Sunday. Pero ang mas sigurado, maglalaro ako sa quarterfinals.”

Nic Ocampo, the team’s physical therapist, said Yap’s injury isn’t a serious long-term injury.

“It was caused by the wear and tear mainly because of all the years he’s been playing,” said Ocampo. “Pero pwede naman niya ipa-treat yan after the playoffs dahil kaya pa naman siyang ilaro.

“Yung mga ganitong klaseng injury, ang best treatment is through strengthening and balance.”

San Mig Coffee is set to play Petron in the quarterfinals, with the Mixers enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage by virtue of being the No. 2 seed.
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