San Mig Coffee and Rain Or Shine renew rivalry in PBA Philippine Cup semifinal.
San Mig Coffee and Rain Or Shine open their best-of-seven semifinal series in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday.
San Mig Coffee (10-4) placed second to TNT after the elimination round and also gained a twice-to-beat edge. They beat Petron in the quarterfinal.
Back to lead the Mixers are two-time league MVP James Yap, former All-Star Game MVP Peter June Simon and workhorse Marc Pingris. Also expected to make their presence felt are big men Joe Devance and Rafi Reavis and point guard Mark Barroca, who scored the crucial baskets in their 92-87 overtime win over the Boosters.
Rain or Shine had a more difficult journey as it needed three games to dispose of Ginebra in the quarterfinal. The Elasto Painters ranked third after the elimination round with a 9-5 slate.
San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine played each other twice in the elimination round and split their games with the slimmest of margins. In their first meeting, Rain or Shine came back from a double-digit deficit to rally past the Mixers 80-79. However, the Mixers bounced back with a 93-92 win in the rematch last December 2.
This is also the rematch of last season's Governor's Cup final which was won by the Elasto Painters, earning the team its first ever title in the PBA.
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