PBA Finals: Yap's late-game jumper lifts San Mig Super Coffee past Talk 'Text; Mixers take 2-1 lead


MANILA -- The two San Mig Super Coffee top guns coach Tim Cone benched for the most part of the second half in Game 2 came up big for the Mixers Tuesday evening.

PJ Simon finished with 17 points and James Yap hit a dagger of a jumper as San Mig Super Coffee escaped past Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, 77-75, in Game 3 of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner's Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum Tuesday evening.

"It was a game for the ages. Two proud teams who don't quit. We have total respect for Talk 'N Text," said Cone after the pulsating victory, which put them ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

Simon drilled in a baseline jumper off a screen by Marc Pingris to take a 71-69 lead with 2:25 left to play. But TnT's Ranidel de Ocampo answered with a long two and Jayson Castro nailed a triple over San Mig import James Mays to regain the upperhand, 71-75.

Mays, who topscored for the Mixers with 20 points, then completed a three-point play and Yap hit a crucial baseline jumper to take the lead for good, 76-75. Joe Devance iced the game with a split from the line.

Yap had 13 point on a 4-of-10 shooting clip.

Castro led the Tropang Texters with 21 points, but missed several three-pointers down the stretch including the supposedly game-winner.

Looking like a fine-tuned engine, the Mixers started the game with a seven-to-nothing run. They continued to put the pedal to the metal and took a 13-point lead a few minutes later, 23-9, on a run highlighted by a three-pointer and a long two by Yap.

But the Tropang Texters cut the deficit to eight with a mini six-to-nothing run, 15-23, before a basket by rookie Ian Sanglang pushed the lead back to double digits, 25-15 heading into the second frame.

Tropang Texters then shihfted into high gear in the second quarter and made a scintillating 11-2 surge to erase the 10-point Mixers lead. During that stretch, Castro dropped a seven-point bomb.

San Mig Super Coffee was holding a three-point buffer a few seconds past the halfway mark, but an uncontested right corner triple by KG Canaleta tied the game at 29-all.

The scores: 

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE (77) - Mays 20, Simon 17, Yap 13, Devance 10, Pingris 7, Sangalang 6, Barroca 2.

TALK 'N TEXT (75) - Castro 21, De Ocampo 18, Canaleta 12, Howell 10, Williams 5, Carey 5, Reyes R 4.

Quarterscores: 25-15, 37-35, 60-56, 77-75

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