Coach Tim says Ginebra better off if it lost to Global
Paul Lintag on Jan 07, 2018 09:24 PM
"We might have been better off losing this basketball game to wake us up and realize that we can't do that." --- coach Tim Cone.
Despite completing a classic NSD comeback against Globalport to go 2-0 in the 2018 Philippine Cup, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone was not happy about the way his team played Sunday.
While his team won the game, Cone had a problem with the Gin Kings having to come back against a Batang Pier crew that was missing Terrence Romeo.
"Well that's what teams coming from championships do. This is the way they do it. They sleepwalk for 3 and a half quarters and try to win a game down the stretch," Cone said on Ginebra's 104-97 victory against Globalport.
"That's what we're trying to avoid. In my experience I've seen it. They don't play until they really have to and I'm very distrubed by that," he added.
The Gin Kings were lethargic almost all game long as Globalport took control, leading for 33 and a half minutes on the strength of Sean Anthony's offensive explosion and a near triple-double from Stanley Pringle.
Cone was visibly upset at the bench as well as the Gin Kings struggled to erase a nine-point deficit before tha brave fourth-quarter stand in the last six minutes and change of the game.
The winningest PBA head coach even went ahead and said that Ginebra might have been better long-term if it lost this one.
"Happy, I'm not happy. I'm okay with the win, but I'm not happy about the way we played. We need to be better if we're going to make some noise in the All-Filipino," he said.
"We might have been better off losing this basketball game to wake us up and realize that we can't do that. Because now, it's gonna encourage us to do it again. We think we can get away with it, and I've just known through experience, you just don't get away with those things over the long haul," Cone added.
Ultimately, the champion mentor says that it all boils down to Ginebra beating the teams they're supposed to.
With a loaded lineup, the Gin Kings are certainly more than capable of taking down all PBA teams and do it convincingly.
"We need to get ourselves fired up right from the very start of the basketball games and play," Cone said.
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