PBA: San Miguel blowout win sends loud and clear message to Ginebra
Philip Matel on Jul 29, 2018 10:29 PM
Tim Cone clearly got the message, and hopes both teams can slug it out for a much respectable margin in Game 3 on Wednesday.
After humiliating defending champions San Miguel Beermen with a 127-99 victory last July 27, San Miguel returned the favor in a very big way in Game 2.
The Beermen landed a merciless counter-attack with a 134-109 win Sunday night, and it did not come easy for the crowd favorites.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone admitted that such a response from San Miguel was in the back of their minds before the game, but did not expect it to come to fruition as the best-of-seven Commissioner's Cup Finals series is now tied at one game apiece.
"You know, they just, they came out and it's funny because we talked about it, and we knew, we talked about how they could turn the tables on us and come back and do the same thing we did to them in Game 1. We talked about it and talked about it and talked about it, and... But I don't think we really believed they could, and they did," Cone said after the game.
The winningest coach in PBA history clearly got the message, and hopes both teams can slug it out for a much respectable margin in Game 3 on Wednesday.
As for Ginebra's performance in the game, wherein they trailed from tip-off until the final buzzer, Cone said that he was proud of his wards for standing their ground, trying to come back against their powerhouse opponents before getting stifled every time.
The multiple-titled coach also added that the chippy fourth quarter between the squads is a clear indication that there is no love lost with the two.
"It's funny, we're sister teams but we're not friendly. Honestly, we're not friendly with them at all, and you know, we see them as the mountain to be conquered, and they see us as the threat to their throne, the main threat to their throne."
The longtime coach also added that this won't be the last time that the two would be butting heads on the floor, and will expect more fireworks to come in the next games.
"So there's no love lost between the two teams. We go about it differently, but hopefully we achieve the same high level of results. Right now, their results are higher than ours. But I think you'll continue to see it be chippy. I don't think it's going to be lay down for the other team. I expect it to get chippier."
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