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Coffee mixers could not seem to shake off championship hangover

GOING 0-3 early in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup does not top Tim Cone’s worries at the moment. What bothers the San Mig Coffee head coach the most is the chemistry that continues to be missing in his team.

“Our record is not our focus. We’re just concerned about getting better every day and integrating our rookies with our veterans,” said Cone, whose Coffee Mixers share the bottom of the standings with Air21.

San Mig Coffee also has its own injury list—Peter June Simon (Achilles tendon) and Joe Devance (knee)—thus compounding the woes of the Governors’ Cup champions.

Ian Sangalang, the No. 2 overall pick, is still adjusting to Cone’s system, while superstar James Yap has struggled in their first three games because of a hand injury.

But Cone said team morale remains high and he believes they could defeat their horrendous start.

“We just came from a championship so morale is not a problem,” said Cone, whose team is considered as one of the contenders in the Philippine Cup.

Veteran forward Marc Pingris felt they are still trying to shake off the championship hangover.

Lumaki siguro ang ulo namin, feeling namin kaya lahat ng kalaban,” Pingris said, the Finals Most Valuable Player in the Governors’ Cup championship series.

Kulang pa kami sa gigil ngayon, kampante. Siguro kailangang kausapin ang team. Pangit kasi pinapakita namin. Laban lang dapat kahit kulang-kulang,” he added.

Pingris also noted that the rookies, especially Sangalang, are still learning the basics of Cone’s triangle offense.

The Coffee Mixers will try to end their losing streak, interestingly against the Express, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.


In Photo: James Yap, in action against Petron’s Arwind Santos in Wednesday night’s game, continues to struggle. (PBA Image)


 

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