The last time Cone's team was no. 1, it wasn't pretty
Paul Lintag on Jun 03, 2017 01:53 PM
Tim Cone will coach a number one seed for the first time since 2012. They got bounced in the first round five years ago.
The last time a team coached by Tim Cone earned a top seed in the playoffs was five years ago during the 2012 Philippine Cup.
The then BMEG Llamados tied Talk 'N Text for the best record in the league at 10-4 but they earned number one anyway and were expected to give the defending champion Tropang Texters a run for theit money in the Finals.
BMEG didn't get out of the first round.
That year, the Llamados got upset by the unheralded Powerade Tigers in two games, with Gary David going pretty much unconscious to deliver the best basketball of his career.
You know it, it was Gary David "nagliliyab na" experience.
Joe Devance was in that BMEG team, it almost makes him cringe everytime he remembers it.
He was forced to remember it now as the 2017 Commissioner's Cup version of Brgy. Ginebra is the first team coached by Tim Cone to earn a top seed since the 2012 Llamados.
"That's the one I remember! It was a toug pill to swallow. They had Gary David, Jvee [Casio], and Marcio [Lassiter] shooting crazy threes. Hopefully, we learned from that experience," Devance said of that 2012 quarterfinal series.
"I will never forget that. I always think about that. Everytime I see Jvee, Marcio, and Gary David, especially him doing that thing [hands on fire gesture]. Man! I will never forget that," the 7-time PBA champion added.
The last time Ginebra earned a top seed was three years ago as Ato Agustin's Gin Kings took number one in the 2014 Philippine Cup.
That crew lost in the semifinals in seven games against, you guessed it, Tim Cone and Joe Devance's San Mig Coffee.
San Mig went on to win a Grand Slam that year.
While earning a number one seed is a huge accomplishment on its own, Devance knows for sure that the job is only halfway done for the Gin Kings.
The real grind only starts now.
"We fought hard to get where we're at, we earned it, but nothing's guaranteed," he said.
"Hopefully, we make the Finals again. Being the number one seed doesn't mean anything. It just gives us a better chance but still not promised," Devance added.
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