James Yap, Marc Pingris, other Mixers players toast their championship with fans

IMAGE Sany Chua

The players of the San Mig Coffee Mixers turn over the team's championship trophy to Purefoods President Butch Alejo (left) at the victory party they organized for their fans.

In photo, team captain James Yap and import player James May hold the trophy flanked by their coach, Tim Cone, and Butch Alejo.

The San Mig Coffee Mixers team players has been keeping up the celebratory mood since winning the championship in the recently concluded PBA Philippines Cup.

The players shared the winning experience with their fans in gratitude for their continuous support at a victory party held Sunday night, March 9, at the San Miguel Corporation Headquarters Upper Mall in Mandaluyong City.

Led by Mixers head coach, Tim Cone, the team played party games with their fans, signed autographs, and generously posed for fan photos

“This isn’t about me. It’s about the players, it’s about the fans,” said Tim Cone, who holds the distinction of bagging 16 PBA championships for his team.

He further said in his short speech, “It was the push from the fans that got us up there.

“After that, we pushed all the way to the championship. I salute the fans.”

Meanwhile, San Mig Coffee Mixers team captain, James Yap, enjoyed the moment with his team's die-hard fans.

“Ito, ginagawa namin para sa mga fans. Ito ‘yong isa sa pagpapasalamat namin sa kanila,” he said in the interview while fans flocked him for a fan photo.

The PBA Commissioner’s Cup has just begun, and James admitted that he and his teammates still have a hangover from their last win.

He also mentioned that they haven’t had enough rest yet from the previous conference.

Despite that, James assured that their team will still give their best for this on-going conference.

“Ngayon, back to work na ulit kasi mag-o-open na ‘yong conference.

“So, back to work, focus na ulit sa game,” he said.

The victory party also served as a turnover ceremony in which Coach Cone, James, and the rest of the team turned over the PBA Philippine Cup championship trophy to Purefoods President Butch Alejo.





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