PBA: We weren’t our best tonight -- Cone on Game 2 loss
Mark Escarlote on Jul 20, 2018 07:24 AM
We just tried to win the game by shooting threes that didn’t go in down the stretch. Theirs did, ours didn’t -- Gin Kings coach Tim Cone
Barangay Ginebra head coach rued the Gin Kings settling with their outside shots late in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinals.
Jeff Chan nailed a trey that gave Ginebra a three-point lead with three minutes left but that was the last hurrah for the Gin Kings, throwing bricks in their next possessions as Rain or Shine rallied with a closing 12-0 spurt for a 109-100 win that evened the series to 1-1 Thursday at the Big Dome.
“We just tried to win the game by shooting threes that didn’t go in down the stretch. Theirs did, ours didn’t,” said Cone, whose squad had a miserable 12-of-36 shooting behind the rainbow arc.
“But we got more to give than shooting three point shots so we weren’t our best tonight,” he added.
Chan put the Gin Kings ahead, 100-97, with 3:16 left in the fourth period before the Elasto Painters led by James Yap and import Reggie Johnson torched Ginebra with 12 unanswered points.
Yap drilled the dagger triple from way deep with 1:07 left to push Rain or Shine’s lead to 107-100.
“We got to give them credit they hit big shots at big time,” Cone said. “Some of them made threes that our very, very deep threes. They came out and did what they wanted to do, they played their game so back to the drawing board.”
“We knew this ain’t going to be easy, they’re the no. 1 seed and I keep saying that there’s a reason they are the no. 1 seed. We saw it tonight. We just have to take the challenge,” he added.
Game 3 is on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
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