San Mig Coffee Mixers Grand Slam Quest: James Yap leads Mixers to 4th straight PBA finals appearance

San Mig Coffee Mixers Grand Slam dream is still alive, as they're going to play in the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup Finals against Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters.

After 2 consecutive losses against the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in their Best-of-5 semi-finals series, the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers bounced back last night and won Game 5, 93-87, to finally secured their slot in the PBA Governors' Cup 2014 Finals. Before Game 5, series tied at 2-2, as the Mixers previously won Games 1 and 2, while TNT won 3 & 4.

Game 5 Quarter Scores: 21-20, 37-38, 62-55 93-87

Best Player: James Yap, with 25 points and 6 rebounds

San Mig Coffee Scorers:
James Yap - 25 pts
Marqus Blakely - 21 pts
Mark Barroca - 17 pts
Joe Devance - 11 pts
Marc Pingris - 10 pts
PJ Simon - 7 pts
Ian Sangalang - 2 pts

Talk 'N Text Scorers:
Paul Harris - 40 pts
Ranidel De Ocampo - 13 pts
Jayson Castro - 11 pts
Danny Seigle - 8 pts
Elmer Espiritu - 7 pts
Larry Fonacier - 4 pts
Kelly Williams - 2 pts
Ryan Reyes - 2 pts

It's now the 4th straight PBA Finals appearance for San Mig Coffee Mixers, their 3rd for the 2013-2014 season.

They have won all their previous 3 appearances (2013 Governors' Cup, 2014 Philippine Cup, 2014 Commissioner's Cup) and if they win this 3rd conference of the 2014 season, the Governors' Cup, they'll be declared a PBA Grand Slam team, the first to achieve so in 17 years. The last Grand Slam team was the Alaska Milkmen in 1996.

So far, only 3 PBA teams achieved that status: Crispa in 1976 and 1983, San Miguel in 1989 and as mentioned, Alaska in 1996.

In his Instagram account (@jamesyap18), James Yap posted this picture of him with Marc Pingris and PJ Simon, which was taken right after their Game 5 against TNT, as he thanked God for playing again in the finals, and the fans for their continuous support.

jamesyap18: "Thank you, Lord for another chance to play in the finals again. Thank you also to all the San Mig fans for the never-ending support. #BigThree #labansanmig #sanmigsupercoffee #sanmigcoffeeplanet"

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