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San Mig Coffee Mixers secured the 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title with a 100-91 comeback win against Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in game four Thursday night at the Philsport Arena in Pasig City.
James Yap and Mark Barroca led San Mig Coffee in the fourth quarter to clinch their third straight PBA title.
Yap, who named Most Valuable Player of the Commissioner’s Cup finals, scored all 10 of his points including a triple with two minutes remaining that put them ahead at 93-89.
Barroca made some big shots down the stretch to put Talk ‘N Text away. He finished the game with 22 points, 12 in the final period.
Import James Mays added 18 points and 15 rebounds, to go with his three assists, five steals, and two blocks for the Mixers.
Joe Devance and Iang Sangalang had 12 points each, while Justin Melton contributed 11 points, all in the first half.
Jimmy Alapag led the Talk ‘N Text with 17 points. Import Richard Howell had a double-double of 16 points and 12 boards for the Tropang Texters.
Ranidel de Ocampo and KG Canaleta finished the game with 16 markers each. Kelly Williams added 12 points.
Talk ‘n Text started the game with 17-1 run. San Mig Coffee went from failing to score a field goal in the first six minutes of play.
The Mixers were behind 68-53 in the third quarter but a 16-0 run brought them back in the game and gave them a 69-68 edge. Castro and Alapag nailed back-to-back three-points to end the third period with 74-69 lead for Tropang Texters.
Trailing 76-85 early in the fourth quarter, San Mig Coffee unloaded a 17-4 run that gave the Mixers the lead 93-89 with two minutes left to play.
Barroca put the finishing touches on the game with his shots to beat the Talk ‘N Text, who record a 13 straight wins prior to the finals.
The 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title was the 12th title for the Purefoods franchise history and the fourth under Coach Tim Cone. Also, it was the 17th championship for Cone.
The San Mig Coffee moved one more tournament away from winning the league’s coveted Grand Slam.
The Grand Slam refers to a team who has won all three conferences in a single season.
SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 100 – Barroca 22, Mays 18, Devance 12, Sangalang 12, Melton 11, Yap 10, Pingris 6, Simon 6, Reavis 2, Mallari 1, De Ocampo 0, Gaco 0.
TALK N’ TEXT SUPER COFFEE 91 – Alapag 17, Howell 16, De Ocampo 16, Canaleta 16, Williams 12, Castro 5, Reyes 5, Seigle 2, Carey 2, Fonacier 0.
Quarters: 15-25, 38-52, 69-74, 100-91