Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone’s face was flustered as he walked in a fast pace towards the exit of the Big Dome.
Just a few minutes after another beat down at the hands of San Miguel Beermen, Cone was a picture of frustration late Wednesday night.
More than the Gin Kings’ 1-2 hole after three matches in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven Finals series, it was the way Ginebra surrendered the duel that was hard for Cone to swallow.
From a two-point deficit at the half, the Gin Kings found themselves on the wrong side of history after absorbing a 132-94 crushing from the Beermen.
“I’m embarrassed with their performance. They’re (San Miguel) too good for us,” Cone uttered as he hurriedly walked towards the arena’s exit.
It was indeed a frustrating loss.
The Gin Kings’ 38-point losing margin equaled the worst defeat in the PBA Finals.
It was SMB who suffered that first championship beating after the Beermen were flattened by Alaska, 61-99, in Game 6 of the 1998 All-Filipino Cup Finals. Ironically, Cone was the Aces' head coach that time.
Fast forward to 20 years later, the Beermen got their long-awaited redemption all at the expense of their sister-team.
It was a close match after the first 24 minutes of action with SMB holding a 53-51 lead.
Then came the second half.
The Beermen outscore the Gin Kings, 39-21, in the third quarter as SMB took a commanding 92-72 lead heading into the payoff period.
SMB then ballooned its lead to 132-92 after seldom-used Von Pessumal nailed a trey with 47 seconds remaining in the game.
Save for Aljon Mariano’s layup with 44 ticks left in the game, Ginebra might’ve fallen into a more embarrassing positon.
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