Coach Tim 'angry at himself, real proud of his players'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 17, 2018 10:37 PM
Coach Tim 'angry at himself, real proud of his players'
Japeth Aguilar had back-to-back 30-point outings in Ginebra's last two games in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup

Ginebra’s campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup has come to a close.

With no answers for three-time defending champion San Miguel, the Gin Kings fell in the best-of-seven semifinals, 1-4.

Still, the crowd favorites come away from this series with their heads held high – just like head coach Tim Cone told them to. “Sabi niya sa amin, he was proud of us. Sa dami ng pinagdaanan namin this conference, we still fought ‘til the end,” Japeth Aguilar told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “’Di naman kami nagkulang. Malakas lang talaga ang San Miguel.”

Aguilar mentioned how, throughout the conference, they played with key cogs Joe Devance, Sol Mercado, and Greg Slaughter sidelined for spells.

In the eyes of Cone, that kind of fight merits much credit. As he put it, “Japeth really stepped up and we also got great performances from Prince (Caperal) and Raymond (Aguilar). Sol (Mercado) played real well tonight and Scottie (Thompson) was just incredible all series long.”

Thompson had his second career triple-double in the series-ending Game 5 while Caperal and the two Aguilars did an admirable job in filling up for the injured Slaughter.

Still, San Miguel proved to be too much for majority of the series – and the multi-titled mentor was the first one to take responsibility for letting it happen. “I’m angry that I didn’t do enough for them. I’m angry that I couldn’t win the games for them,” he said.

He then continued, “I’ll be angry at myself and I’ll be real proud of our guys.”

For now, Ginebra will just lick its wounds and head into the next conference hungrier. “Sana ma-maintain namin iyong health ng bawat isa. We're looking forward to Justin Brownlee coming back and ayun, we'll take a break muna and just look forward for the next conference,” Aguilar remarked.


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