SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS WIN 2013 PBA GOVERNOR’S CUP TITLE
(Coach Tim captures his 15th ring; Marc Pingris win Finals MVP Plum)
October 26, 2013 – Started 0-2 in the eliminations, fought in a do-or-die game in the quarters, a physical battle in the SEMIS and endured in a grueling seven-game FINALS series during the 2013 PBA Governor’s Cup, the San Mig Coffee Mixers finally grabbed the championship trophy last night.
The GAME 7 win gave the Purefoods-San Mig franchise its 10th championship since entering the league in 1988. They also gave Coach Tim Cone his 15th ring to tie the legendary Baby Dalupan with most number of championships as a coach in the Philippine Basketball Association. Ironically, “The Maestro” is Tim Cone’s coaching idol.
I was just six years old when I saw the core of Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera and Isabelo “Jojo” Lastimosa bannered the glamour boys of the PBA in the maiden year of the Purefoods franchise. They might be called as the glamour boys but they showed a lot of potential in that year and in the years that have come, and continued to show the heart of a champion anchored by duo of “The Captain” (Alvin) and “The Defense Minister” (Jerry) while “Jolas” made his own success with Alaska Milkmen (ironically coached by Tim Cone for many years).
25 years later, the franchise still has a core of glamour boys in the persona of James Carlos Yap, Peter June Simon and Jean Marc Pingris (who happen to be by batch mates or almost the same age with me when the franchise entered the league) but one thing still remains – the lion heart that “The Captain” has through the years has been passed on to this generation especially to the newly crowned Finals MVP, “The Pinoy Sakuragi” Jean Marc Pingris.
The whole San Mig Planet is surely proud of this boy from Pozzorubio, Pangasinan who has matured to be a man now in the league. All of us have seen his growth from a sometimes out-of-control energetic guy to being the heart and soul of the team (actually even of the SMART Gilas Pilipinas).
Speaking of maturity, we have seen Ping engaged in a fist-fight early in the conference yet he accepted his fault, paid the penalty of that incident and strain toward what is ahead of him and the whole team – a PBA championship.
We saw him last night when he was banged-up, hurt and beaten physically at some point yet he managed to control his emotions, remained poised and lead the team to be calm during those situations. Truly, maturity has come to this guy as he even made 7/8 free throws that made him the best free throw shooting player of the team last night.
No doubt, he was awarded as the Papa John’s PBA Governor’s Cup FINALS MVP as he finished GAME 7 with 19 points, 17 rebounds, 5 blocks (including the 7/8 FT’s) in a no relief job in the 2nd half (if I’m not mistaken, but I’m sure he has no rest in the 4th quarter). But more than all the stats he provided, he was all heart since the beginning of the game as we have seen in it his eyes.
When Coach Ronnie (Magsanoc) said that Ping loves the lime light in this kind of situation and I have seen that fire in his eyes during the first minutes of play, I became confident that the trophy will be in the hands of the Mixers at the end of the night and the MVP plum will be his.
Finally, I, the Brave Heart Kid (BHK) am so proud of the maturity that has happened to the “Pinoy Sakuragi!” Like my all time favorite “The Captain,” Ping also commits his life to the LORD and his relationship with Him continues to grow. In spite of his success, he continues to give the glory back to GOD.
In this 10th championship of the franchise, the SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS and the SAN MIG PLANET bring back all the glory to LORD ALMIGHTY!
**To Petron Blaze Boosters, thank you for pushing us to the limits! Congratulations for a job well done! We are also proud of you!
~Libert A. Ong~
Brave Heart Kid