The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers have successful campaigns in the last two conferences winning both the title.
But during that championship runs, they struggled in the start of each conference.
But the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup has been a different story, with the Mixers having no mercy against their opponents and racked three straight impressive victory to open the conference.
Gilas mainstay and Mixers heart and soul Marc Pingris, however, doesn’t want the early success to go into their heads.
“Basta trabaho lang kami. Ayaw namin lumaki ulo namin,” said Pingris, who believes the rest of the squad also shares the same mentality.
According to Pingris, the team no longer dwells on their past success.
“Hindi na namin iniisip yun nag-champion kami dahil tapos na yun eh, panibago na naman ito,” said Pingris.
The result has been great basketball for the Mixers, who have won by double-digits in each of their first three games — an offshoot of their unselfish play, according to Pingris.
“Maganda yung ikot ng bola sa team so ganun lang kadali ang basketball,” he said. “Kung sino open man, bigay agad bola.”
In their last game , the Mixers mercilessly outgun Philippine Cup Finals opponent Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters, 91-74 behind a well-balanced offense with eight points scoring at least five points.
Import James Mays led the team with 18 points, Peter June Simon added 16 while Pingris contributed 10.
San Mig had massacred GlobalPort Batang Pier, 91-75 in their debut in the conference despite a not so impressive performance from their import.
They folowed it up with a 90-80 demolition of "Manila Clasico" arch-rival Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings.
But despite the hot start, head coach Tim Cone is not thinking about a return trip to the finals. Not just yet.
“There are a lot of good teams out there. Talk n Text is playing great. San Miguel has only one loss so far. Rain or Shine is going to figure it out. It’s still too early to talk about getting back to the finals. Let’s see how far we can get,” said Cone who is eyeing a top two finish this time.
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers stay grounded despite a great start in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/23/2014 Rating: