They beat us up black and blue -- Tim Cone
Mark Escarlote on Mar 04, 2017 07:43 AM
Deep hole, gotta see if we can climb out of it -- Ginebra coach Tim Cone
It was just a simple case of one team beating the hell out of the other to submission.
This was how Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone put into words the 85-94 beating the Gin Kings suffered at the hands of the reigning champion San Miguel Beermen Friday night in Game 4 of the best-of-seven 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome.
“They beat us up black and blue, start to finish, it was that game,” said a very disappointed Cone during the postgame press conference.
The loss buried the Gin Kings in a deep 3-1 hole in the series – a situation where only two teams in the Finals were able to overcome with the last being the Beermen who overhauled a 0-3 series deficit to beat Alaska for the Philippine Cup crown last season.
SMB clicked from the outside shooting 15 triples – tying the Finals record – and were able to get the ball to Best Player of the Conference winner June Mar Fajardo, who outplayed Japeth Aguilar down low with 20 points and 13 rebounds. The Gin Kings also couldn’t find an answer to the sniping of Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross, who combined eight treys.
Ginebra had a dry spell from the rainbow territory, throwing bricks with 5-of-22 three-point shooting.
“They were awesome. They did everything they wanted to do. They got the ball to June Mar (Fajardo), they hit their shots. We tried to do something differently, defensively, and they ate us up at the beginning of the game,” added Cone.
While San Miguel did all the right things to move a win closer to their 23rd PBA title and seventh All-Filipino crown, Ginebra struggled to get their game going.
The Gin Kings gave the Beermen quite a scare after trimming down their deficit to 85-92 with 1:17 remaining on Aljon Mariano’s layup. However, the rally came a little too late as San Miguel milked the clock on the next couple of plays coupled by a series of miscues by Ginebra before Fajardo buried the final nail to Gin Kings’ coffin with a side stepping basket with just a few ticks left on the clock.
San Miguel never gave Ginebra a taste of the lead building an early 20-6 gap that the Gin Kings never recovered.
“We tried our best to get into it, but by and large, the game was lost in first five minutes,” said Cone, who saw his team trail by as much as 26 (34-60).
With their backs against the wall, the Cone could only hope to create a miracle on Sunday to save their campaign.
“Deep hole, gotta see if we can climb out of it. Just focus on Game 5, that’s all we’re worried about,” he said.
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