PBA: Coach Tim says Ginebra locals need to play better

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 06, 2018 10:20 PM
PBA: Coach Tim says Ginebra locals need to play better
All of Ginebra, and not just import Charles Garcia, has much room for improvement in the eyes of head coach Tim Cone

Safe to say, Charles Garcia didn’t have the best of games on Sunday at the MOA Arena.

The American reinforcement only had 15 points in 3-off-11 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in close to 39  minutes of action to see Ginebra drop a 92-96 decision to TNT.

In the eyes of head coach Tim Cone, though, their second straight setback to start the conference is not solely on the shoulders of Garcia. “I don’t really know what to say. I know all eyes are on our import, but I just feel like it’s more than that,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “Our locals are not playing well as well either and we’re not just playing at a high level at this point.”

Indeed, Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar were the only reliable local scorers they had with 19 points apiece.

The good news for the crowd darlings is that the cavalry may be coming sooner than later in the form of Greg Slaughter. “There’s a possibility he might play Friday. He still has to get through a few days of practice to see how he is,” the Gin Kings’ mentor said.

He then continued, “We don’t want him to go down again, but we’ll see hoe he does this week and maybe, he’ll play Friday. Right now, i’d say that’s probably a little less than 50-50.”

Slaughter had been out of action since late in the elimination round of the last conference due to a hamstring injury.

However, Cone will be keeping a close eye on his minutes when he does return. “Obviously, if he plays, he’ll be in minutes restriction, probably 20 to 24 minutes. Needless to say, we need to be very careful with him,” he said.

Whatever it is, “Gregzilla’s” probable return would be much-welcome for a Ginebra side hoping to finally get on the win column. “We always get to slow starts and I always wonder why we do, but we fell we’ll be there in the end,” their head coach  said.

He then continued, “Obviously, we don’t want to fall too far behind, but we’ll find a way to get there in the end.”

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