Cone on Ginebra’s loss: ‘Our A-minus game isn’t enough’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 01, 2017 10:18 PM
Cone on Ginebra’s loss: ‘Our A-minus game isn’t enough’
I TRIED MY BEST. Coach Tim Cone said Ginebra needs their A-plus effort to be able to top San Miguel.

Ginebra counted five players in double-digits at the end of Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday.

And still, the Gin Kings lost by double-digits to San Miguel.

“Our A-minus game isn’t enough. We gotta play better than A-minus against them,” a somber coach Tim Cone reflected in the post-game conference.

Cone’s wards shot 45 percent from the field and had 10 more field goal attempts as well as seven more assists than their opponents, and yet it’s the Beermen who came away with a 2-1 lead in the race-to-four series.

Pointing to the last four minutes where they went scoreless and missed all seven of their attempts, Cone then said, “We didn’t play the best down the stretch. We didn’t execute on both ends.”

Court general LA Tenorio could only echo the words of his coach. “Down the stretch, ‘di kami nakapag-execute e. okay yung laro namin, pero it was not enough to beat San Miguel,” he said.

He then continued, “We really need to have a perfect game to beat San Miguel.”

Indeed, Tenorio, Kevin Ferrer, Japeth Aguilar, Chris Ellis, and Mark Caguioa were all in double-digits, but none of them were able to score in the last five minutes.

In fact, Joe Devance’s short stab was Ginebra’s last make – and that came with 4:02 remaining.

Even then, the multi-titled mentor said it shouldn’t have been up to their 35-year-old veteran to carry them. Especially as he shared, “Joe wore down in the fourth quarter.”

Nonetheless, Cone said the Gin Kings now know better that they cannot win on their A-minus game alone. And so, talking about their adjustment for Game 4 on Friday, he shared, “Just be better down the stretch next time.”

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