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PBA Finals: Busy season ends with sweet title for Ginebra

By Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jan 17, 2020 11:12 PM

(Photo by Richard Esguerra)

It's been a pretty incredible last few months for head coach Time Cone and Barangay Ginebra.

With the core of the Gin Kings on deck, coach Tim led Gilas Pilipinas to a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games last December.

With all of the Gin Kings, Coach Tim led the barangay to another PBA Governors' Cup title to start the year 2020 right.

"It was nice because there was a lot on our plates as a Ginebra team," Cone said after Ginebra beat Meralco in Game 5 Friday to win the Governors' Cup Finals.

"But you know I think, in many ways, the schedules kinda favored us because each time we had a break to kinda gather ourselves and get back. We were fortunate to have a favored schedule," he added.

True enough, the Gin Kings got a favorable schedule on their way to a latest title despite literally being the busiest team all conference long.

The PBA took a break to give way for the SEA Games. After the semis, where Ginebra beat Northport after four games, the league took another break for Christmas and New Year.

In the actual Governors' Cup Finals, Ginebra also got some lucky breaks, with Meralco's star center Raymond Almazan going down with an injury in Game 3.

Ginebra got its breaks and the Gin Kings took advantage of every single one of them.

"But then again, you need those kind of things to win a championship," Coach Tim said, who should know since he now has 22 PBA titles.

"You need those little breaks to happen for you," he added.

 


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