With some unfinished business, Marqus Blakely would return to the PBA in the 2013 Governors’ Cup for B-Meg, then renamed as the San Mig Coffee Mixers.
Blakely improved his shooting and averaged just a shade under 24 points on top of almost five assists per game. He also still consistently provided 15 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks for San Mig Coffee. Blakely would win his first and only Best Import award at the end of the conference.
Faced with another Game 7 in the Finals, the Mixers would beat Petron for the title and San Mig Coffee will bring back Blakely for next year.
By the time Marqus suited up for San Mig Coffee for a third time in the 2014 Governors’ Cup, the Mixers have won another two titles and were on the verge of a Grand Slam.
Blakely’s numbers dropped in 2014, most notably his scoring. But his rebounding was up to 15.7 boards per game and his veteran presence and established chemistry with his local teammates were unmatched as he led the Mixers to a do-or-die win in the Finals against Rain or Shine to complete the Grand Slam.
It’s pretty crazy to think about that Blakely only has one Best Import award to his name. In the grand scheme of things, he does only have two championships in eight total conferences in the PBA, his later stints as a late replacement import hurting his overall numbers.