Ginebra's signature NSD didn't work, again

Paul Lintag on Jan 26, 2018 10:47 PM
Ginebra's signature NSD didn't work, again
For the third straight game, Brgy. Ginebra's "Never Say Die" attitude didn't work.

For the fourth straight game in te 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, Brgy. Ginebra trailed by double figures.

And for the third straight game, Brgy. Ginebra's "Never Say Die" attitude didn't work.

The Gin Kings are now on a three-game slide following an 82-87 loss to Phoenix Friday.

The score may indicate a close outing but that cannot be farther from the truth as the Fuel Masters jumped on the Gin Kings in the first half, at one part scoring 23 unanswered points.

Phoenix led by as many as 24 in the game.

It was only the fourth period when Ginebra fought back for real. It was too late.

"We got back in the game a little bit. But Phoenix was never really threatened," head coach Tim Cone said following his team's latest disappointing loss.

"Guys really have to step up and they haven’t been stepping up, if they’re not gonna step up then we have to look at somebody else," he added, noting on the fact that the Gin Kings continue to miss Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance and the rest of the team can't pick up the slack.

While Ginebra is on a three-game skid entering a heavyweight matchup against defending champion San Miguel, Cone can take solace with the fact that the Gin Kings actually fought back this time around.

Ginebra erased a 24-point lead and made it a three-point game in the fourth, albeit with only 2.8 seconds left on the clock.

"It’s been a tough stretch, you don’t want to play this badly when you go down a couple of guys, you still want to come out. I thought the last group today fought well," Cone said.

"That’s the first time we’ve fought the whole conference," he added.

 


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