Ginebra still waiting on Ferrer and Mariano to step up
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 26, 2018 10:15 PM
Head coach Tim Cone says Ginebra needs much more from Kevin Ferrer and Aljon Mariano
Kevin Ferrer’s three with 2.8 ticks to go on the clock on Friday pulled Ginebra to within three points of Phoenix which led by as much as 24.
In the end, time would run out before the Gin Kings would be able to complete the comeback.
And in the end, that triple proved to be the only positive impact Ferrer would have in the game which eventually ended as the crowd darlings’ third loss in a row.
The second-year forward scored 11 points, but also committed seven turnovers and was a non-factor in defending the likes of Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright.
For head coach Tim Cone, much more positive impact from their wing players is needed if they are to turn it around. “We haven’t played well. We haven’t responded well to being undermanned,” he told reporters post-game.
He then continued, “We expected guys to step up, specifically Aljon and Kevin. We wanted them to really step up, but they haven’t been capable of playing at the level that we want them to just yet.”
Cone and Ginebra are still missing injured Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance as well as a fully-healthy Sol Mercado.
That is exactly why they need many more contributors aside from Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, and Scottie Thompson.
Unfortunately, Ferrer has averaged 8.3 points and 3.3 turnovers while Mariano has normed 6.7 points and 3.3 turnovers in their three-game slide.
Of course, Cone reminded everybody that Ferrer and Mariano are still youngsters. “They’re still young and we’re putting a lot of pressure on them. Their regular role is to be a support player, but we need them to come out and be one of our dominant players,” he said.
He then continued, “Obviously, (that’s) asking (for) too much at this point.”
The good news, though, is that the multi-titled mentor saw Ginebra’s famed “Never say die” attitude for the first time in the season in their failed comeback against the Fuel Masters. “I thought that (our) last group today fought well. This is the first time we’ve fought the whole conference,” he said.
Now, the Gin Kings are hoping they could only build from this.