Cone issues apology to Black after Game 3 spat

Paul Lintag on Oct 19, 2017 11:41 AM
Cone issues apology to Black after Game 3 spat
How will this series go now that Tim Cone has issued an apology to Norman Black?

After refusing to shake Norman Black's hand following Game 3 of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone finally broke his silence Thursday ahead of Game 4.

Cone apologized to his fellow Grand Slam champion over the spat the marred Meralco's 94-81 win Wednesday.

With the Bolts on their way to victory, the Bolts decided to call a timeout with 38 seconds left, a gesture Cone didn't exactly appreciate.

The Ginebra mentor didn't join his team's huddle during the break in play and instead gave a death stare to the Meralco bench.

After the final buzzer, Cone refused to acknowledge his Meralco counterpart and both coaches were seen exchanging words on their way out of the court.

Black addressed the issue immediately during his post-game press conference, saying it's not his problem if Cone took offense to his late timeout.

[Related: Black couldn't care less about Cone's problem with his late timeout]

"I've never in my life made any effort to tell him how to coach his team so I don't need any help coaching mine. He didn't shake my hand because he was mad about the last timeout, that's his problem not mine," Black said.

Cone, for his part, has since apologized.

"I regret my actions after Game 3 ended. Yes, I was upset about the timeout that was called late in the game, but there is no one in the PBA that I respect more than Norman Black," Cone said in his official statement per Randolph Leongson of

"I got caught up in the moment and could have handled it differently. I apologize, and will do so to him [Black] personally," Cone added.

Game 4, with the Gin Kings still holding a 2-1 lead, will be Friday at the Big Dome.



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