Yes, Brgy. Ginebra was trying to call timeout during final play of Game 4
Paul Lintag on Oct 21, 2017 05:39 PM
"The whole bench was calling for a timeout but sayang, we couldn't call a timeout." --- Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.
If you were wondering why in the world Brgy. Ginebra never called a timeout during the wild final sequence of Game 4 Friday, do know that the Gin Kings were actively trying to get a stoppage in play.
It just so happened that the coaching staff and the players on the court never connected and league rules prohibit coaches calling timeouts during live balls.
"Yeah, we were trying to call a timeout but our players couldn't see us," Cone said on the Gin Kings final play that saw them go around 16 seconds without calling a timeout.
Ginebra settled for a Justin Brownlee floater that was short, allowing Meralco to walk away with an 85-83 win and a tied Finals series at two games each.
"That's the problem with the league rule that coaches can't call timeouts. The crowd was crazy, they can't hear you, you are yelling but the only guy who could call the timeout is the one handling the ball," Cone said.
"The whole bench was calling for a timeout but sayang, we couldn't call a timeout," he added.
Despite a bungled final play and losing Game 4, the Gin Kings can take solace in the fact that the Finals is still only tied and the champs can regroup starting with Game 5 at the Philippine Arena.
Brgy. Ginebra is undefeated at the massive INC-owned facility in Bulacan.
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