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PBA Governors' Cup Finals: The Story So Far

We were just sidetracked for a little while
by Mikey Agulto | Oct 14, 2013
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We're probably a couple of live games away from suffering a massive hoops overdose, courtesy of the NBA preseason game between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers last Thursday and the UAAP Finals game between La Salle and UST last Saturday. But you know what, screw it! We wouldn't miss a PBA Finals series for the world!

So here's where we are at the moment: The San Mig Coffee Mixers just tied the best-of-seven PBA Governors' Cup Finals series with a 100-93 victory over the Petron Blaze Boosters last Sunday. And if the first two games of the series are any indication, Game 3 (happening this Wednesday, October 16) will feature a boatload of hard-nosed offense and defense, hard fouls, and near-brawl moments. That much we can guarantee.

But it's not like we're about to watch a frat war here. There's more to these games than just the balyahans and gantihans. Scroll down and brush up on your knowledge on the Petron-San Mig Coffee rivalry as we head into Game 3!

Fundamentally, Blakely is getting the best of Millsap

After all is said and done, it all comes down to which import is better. While Petron's Elijah Millsap is clearly the more dominant scorer among the two (he had a trip-dub in Game 1), San Mig Coffee's newly-crowned Best Import of the Conference Marqus Blakely is most definitely the one having it easier in this series. Despite finishing Game 2 with 31 points, Millsap continuously found himself on the wrong end of a referee's whistle on defense. Blakely, meanwhile, took advantage of Millsap's benching and capped the game with 23 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, and four steals.


Petron's supporting cast is nowhere to be found

Outside of Alex Cabagnot and June Mar Fajardo, Millsap can't seem to rely on his teammates for some scoring help. Doug Kramer is playing with a bad case of butterfingers. Marcio Lassiter, despite landing a gazillion treys in Game 1, wasn't much of a contributor in Game 2. Chris Lutz can't even find himself a decent shot, which explains why he was scoreless during Game 2. And Ronald Tubid, boy, the only thing we remember about him last Sunday was his failed attempt at stopping Blakely's highlight-reel alley-oop slam (and one).


Blakely, meanwhile, is getting more help from his teammates

Five San Mig Coffee Mixers finished the game in double figures, with Blakely, James Yap (17 points), Peter Jun Simon (16 points), Joe Devance (15 points), and Marc Pingris (11 points) sharing the scoring load for the team. Yap in particular made good use of all the screens provided to him by San Mig Coffee's big men, landing one pull-up jumper after another during the first half of Game 2 and nabbing Best Player of the Game honors in the process.

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