The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers hold a 1-0 lead against the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters after their come-from-behind and pulsating Game one OT win, 92-88. Here in Game two, the Mixers must expect a motivated and rampaging Tropang Texters squad looking to avoid being in a 0-2 hole in this best-of-five series. What should the San Mig do to be able to get the W and put TNT in an unfamiliar territory and on the brink of elimination?
Keys to the Game
KEEP ON CLAMPING DOWN ON HARRIS
The Mixers were able to contain Paul Harris in Game 1 as he only managed to contribute 17 points (on 5 of 19 shooting), 10 rebounds, while forcing him into five personal fouls. The Mixers did a pretty good job containing him especially Marqus Blakely. His defense on Harris was a key factor in the Mixers’ win in Game 1. It also helped their cause as Blakely was also able to outplay Harris on the other end of the floor. But the Mixers must maintain their defensive intensity on this guy as Harris is capable of impacting the game big time once his shots from the outside come falling in. The Mixers’ bigs must be prepared to face a more agressive Paul Harris looking to lead TNT to victory this time around.
BE MINDFUL OF THE SCREENS
Talk N’ Text’s offense is mostly driven by ball screens. Pick and roll, pick and pop, and off-the-ball screens, these are where they get most of their points. With an array of shooters, this offensive strategy works well with the Tropang Texters. In this game, San Mig must be mindful of these screens and be careful of not falling into the trap of going under them because when this happens, most of the time, it results in a basket for TNT.
I may sound like a broken record here already but I’ll say it once more. For the Mixers to win, their bench must play quality minutes and must provide Tim Cone good basketball when they’re on the floor. San Mig’s bench is an integral part of their success so far and for them to have a better chance of going 2-0, their bench must be ready to play and to contribute.
Key Match-up: Mark Barroca vs. Jayson Castro
Jayson Castro (24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists) would’ve earned the best player of the game honors in Game 1 after hitting the “dagger” 15-foot jumper that put TNT ahead by three if not for that big shot by Maliksi. In Game 1, Mark Barroca (11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) was clearly outplayed by Jayson Castro for most of the game not until that OT period. It would be interesting to see how Barroca responds in this game defending Castro. If Mark is able to stand his ground and limit Jayson’s scoring and play-making ability, the Mixers chance of winning would certainly improve.
Coming into this game, the Mixers’ (if they’re able to play) PJ Simon, James Yap, and Joe Devance won’t be 100% due to injuries sustained in this grueling campaign of theirs. A lot of adjustment will surely be made by Coach Tim cone in this game as they will be facing a certainly more aggressive TNT squad looking to tie the series up. Because of this, the Mixers’ chance of winning this one are a little bit dim right now. However, I still believe the Mixers will be able to secure a win in this one because of their deeper line-up. It will be another nail-biter of a game with the Mixers coming out on top and having the 2-0 lead in the series.