It was never a sprint for the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers. It was always a marathon.
As James Yap scored on one-hander after one-hander on Wednesday, July 9, the Smart Araneta Coliseum rumbled and rattled anew just like the countless times it stood witness to historic championships like the Mixers were about to have.
With Mark Barroca running around finding his teammates like he has done all year and Joe Devance stepping up as needed, San Mig Coffee finally crossed the finish line of their season-long marathon and trumped the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 92-89, in a classic Game 5 in the Finals of the 2014 PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup to finally stamp their claim in history with a Grand Slam.
The Mixers took home their fourth straight silverware and the third one for the rare and coveted Triple Crown. It is also the second Grand Slam feat for the now 18-time champion coach Tim Cone, who last accomplished the same in 1996 with Alaska.
“This 4-peat, this Grand Slam still hasn’t hit me yet. I’m overwhelmed by it,” said Cone after the awarding ceremonies, drenched in water and looking a mix of relieved, ecstatic and exhausted from a grueling season.