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#GrandSlam: We Dissect San Mig Coffee's Winning Formula With A Little Help From Social Media!

A rare feat indeed, the Grand Slam is this team's ticket to PBA immortality. This is how they were able to get it
by Paolo S. Mariano | Jul 10, 2014
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Congratulations to Marian Rivera, Sam Pinto, Alice Dixson, etc. for making it to FHM’s... oh wait, sorry, we’re still a little hung-over from last night's #FHM100Sexiest Victory Party. This should be about the PBA Governor’s Cup Finals. Oops!

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Congratulations to the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers for bagging the Governor’s Cup crown and for entering the history books by winning the much-coveted Grand Slam. The Mixers are only the fourth team in the PBA annals to accomplish the feat, joining legendary squads Crispa, San Miguel, and Alaska.

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As for the legendary Tim Cone, he won his 18th title and became the only coach to win two Grand Slams. Hindi siya masyado magaling, no?

Hats off to Rain or Shine as well for giving SMC one hell of a series. The Elasto Painters didn’t give up in Game 5 despite being buried by 16 points and import AZ Reid nursing a sprain. That’s what the championship duel is all about.

Just like what we did in our preview, we’ll recap the factors that led to the highly entertaining, gut-wrenching Last Dance and the Mixers' date with destiny with the help of Instagram photos and tweets of the protagonists. Thankfully, there were no shower room selfies.

M-V-P! M-V-P!

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Yeah, proudly hold that Finals MVP trophy, James Yap. It has become an overused wordplay, but Big Game James really played big for San Mig Coffee yet again. He put up a conference-high 29 points on a masterful 12-of-18 shooting on top of eight rebounds in the clincher, saving his best for last. In fact, that’s his highest scoring output since notching 30 points in Game 7 of their classic semifinals series vs. Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Cup.

The Former Mr. Kris Aquino was a unanimous choice for the Finals MVP plum (his fourth), averaging 16.2 PPG and 4.2 RPG in the series. Most importantly, he bailed out the Mixers several times with his clutch shooting, most memorably in Game 1. Then last night, he doused cold water on Rain or Shine’s runs with his timely baskets. Iba talaga kapag nag-Star rice. 


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They’ve done it again! The PBA’s Big Three (sorry, Ken Bono, JR Cawaling, and Isaac Holstein) added more milestones to their already illustrious careers by bagging their fourth straight title and the Grand Slam. Yap, PJ Simon, and Marc Pingris now have seven titles together, the most by any current trio in the league. They combined for 38.0 PPG, 16.2 RPG, and 5.4 APG in the series.

They now have won their eighth straight do-or-die game together, proving that when the going gets tough, nothing beats familiarity. The trust and respect they give to each other are almost romantic. They’re not shy about expressing their admiration and they know they all have each other’s backs. Such sweet gentlemen. That is until they embarrass you on the court.


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As we said in our preview, Joe Devance will be the Mixers’ x-factor in the series and that’s exactly what he was. His numbers may not pop out (8.0 PPG and 5.4 RPG), but his worth is usually not quantified by stats. He usually started San Mig’s offensive sets with him at the low block and created several mismatches with his versatility. He posted up smaller guys like Jeff Chan and Ryan Araña and spread the defense when he stepped out. 

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