Ferrer earns Cone's praise anew for big effort against Aces
Paul Lintag on Feb 06, 2017 03:13 PM
"The next man stepping up today was Kevin, Kevin Ferrer." --- Tim Cone on his rookie forward.
Playing a big role in Ginebra's crucial comeback win against Alaska in the Philippine Cup playoffs, rookie Kevin Ferrer has once again earned the praise of champion coach Tim Cone.
Losing Joe Devance to an apparent leg injury, the former UST Growling Tiger and Gilas cadet stepped right in for the Gin Kings, clamping down on defense on the Aces' star forward duo of Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel.
He also hit some timely baskets for Ginebra late in the fourth, as his floater with less than two minutes to go gave the Gin Kings an 82-78 lead over Alaska.
With the young one doing his thing, Cone certainly noticed it all.
"The next man stepping up today was Kevin, Kevin Ferrer," Cone said following his team's 85-81 win, setting up a sudden-death with the Aces with a semifinal slot on the line.
"He played well offensively but he really helped us defensively against Abueva, against Manuel, he did a good job," he added.
For his part, Ferrer simply didn't want to go on vacation yet. And as a defensive stopper in college before turning himself into an effective two-way player, he perfectly understood the importance of delivering on the non-fancy side of the court.
"Alam namin na depensa ang magpapanalo sa game na ‘to," Ferrer said.
Scoring a huge win to erase Alaska's twice-to-beat edge, the focus now shifts to the game Tuesday with the lose definitely going on an early vacation.
"Hindi namin iniisip yun. Basta magpe-prepare lang kami ng maigi. Iba kasi ‘tong PBA," Ferrer said.
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