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PBA: San Mig Coffee Mixers derail Air21 Express

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11:31 PM November 23rd, 2012

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By: Mark Giongco, November 23rd, 2012 11:31 PM

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MANILA, Philippines—San Mig Coffee got back on the winning track after beating Air21, 89-80, Friday night in the 38th PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

James Yap shot 20 points as the Mixers tied Rain or Shine in second place with an 8-3 record.

The much-improved Express remained in striking distance up to the crucial stretch, drawing within six, 76-82, on a basket by Niño Canaleta from close range with still three minutes left.

San Mig Coffee though, strung up five consecutive points to pull away for good.

Marc Pingris made both freebies before Mark Barroca converted on a drive that put the Mixers up, 87-76, with 2:38 left.

Barroca finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Canaleta paced Air21, which succumbed to its seventh setback in 11 games, with 18 points.

San Mig Coffee got back on the winning track after beating Air21, 89-80, Friday night in the 38th PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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