The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers (2-1) look to continue their winning ways and sustain their momentum from their big win against the Meralco Bolts as they battle the Global Port Batang Pier (1-2).
For the 2nd game in a row, the Mixers will be facing a team that have replaced their import. Just like Mario West of the Bolts, the Batang Pier will be tapping the services of former Ginebra import, Dior Lowhorn. In his last stint in the PBA, he averaged solid numbers of 30.9 points to go with 11.4 rebounds and comes in as a replacement for Leroy Hickerson. Globalport maybe thought that an import of Lowhorn’s heft and ability could help them get that much needed inside presence that’s been lacking for them this conference with the injuries to their big men in Taha and Nabong.
Although Globalport is considered to be one of the lowly teams this season/conference, San Mig Super Coffee must be focused going in the game against them as they are fully capable of delivering an upset against the top teams in the league just like what they did with the Alaska Aces.
Here is a list of things the Mixers need do to secure the win against the Batang Pier.
Keys to the Game
PJ Simon has been instrumental in the two wins of San Mig Super Coffee this conference scoring in double figures in both games (17 against Barako and 22 against Meralco). The 43rd overall draft pick (biggest steal in PBA Draft History?)in the 2001 PBA Draft still averages solid numbers of 15.6 ppg and 3.3 rbg to go with 2.0 apg despite playing limited minutes this conference as Coach Tim Cone manages the minutes of his key players. Simon has been thriving in this new player rotation by Coach Tim especially in their last game (against Meralco) wherein he came off the bench with Mark Barroca taking his place in the starting lineup. It would be best for San Mig to look for PJ Simon’s offense early in the game to get him going because when PJ plays well, it usually means good things for the Mixers.
CONTROL THE PACE
Globalport is not a good team when it comes to setting up their half-court offense as they’re still struggling to find their identity under Coach Pido Jarencio. Right now, the Batang Pier mostly have success in their transition game. Let’s look at their numbers in their first three games this conference.
|OPP||FB ATT||FB PTS||+W/-L MARGIN|
We can observe that when Globalport gets a chance to run and they are able to convert, it results in a W for them. In both of their losses against GSM and ROS, their FB points were limited resulting into double-digit losses.
With this, the Mixers should be able to dictate the pace of the ball game and make it a grind-it-out type of affair. And if Globalport gets a chance on the break, San Mig’s transition defense must be able to withstand their attack.
MAKE GLOBAL PORT’S DEFENSE WORK
Looking at their defensive performances the past two conferences, it’s safe to say that Globalport is not a very good defensive team.
|PH CUP||103.1 (10th)||12.4% (9th)|
|COMM'S CUP||103.9 (9th)||13.1% (7th)|
As of now, what’s happenning with Globalport is that there is evident miscommunication on defense e.g. being unable to switch in pick and rolls resulting to an open man for the opposing team. San Mig Super Coffee must take advantage of this by moving the ball around, finding the gaps, and make Globalport’s defense work.
Key Match-up: Joe Devance vs. Jay Washington
Two of the most versatile forwards we have in the league today are JDV and J-Wash. JDV creates mismatches for the other teams in the league because he is a big guy who can put the ball on the floor and shoot from the outside. Globalport has an answer for this mismatch in Jay Washington and it will be interesting to see how they match up against each other in this game.
With the way things are going for Globalport and coming in with a new import that could cause chemistry issues in the game, I see San Mig winning this one. The Mixers must just make sure to not take the Batang Pier lightly and focus on winning the game. This will be an important game for the Mixers as they build more momentum coming into a “Manila Clasico” showdown with Ginebra this Sunday.