PBA: Ginebra still has to “outplay” Magnolia to win Manila Clasico

Paul Lintag on Jul 20, 2019 09:41 PM
PBA: Ginebra still has to “outplay” Magnolia to win Clasico
Ginebra feels like it didn’t necassarily give a winning performance in Game 1 against the Hotshots.

Brgy. Ginebra took a 1-0 lead in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Saturday.

Holding on for a close 85-79 victory, the defending champion Gin Kings are one win away from a return trip to the semifinals to continue their quest for back-to-back titles.

However, Ginebra feels like it didn’t necessarily give a winning performance in Game 1 against the Hotshots.

Head coach Tim Cone certainly thinks so.

“As much as we won, it feels like a loss because we weren’t able to play the game we wanted to play at all,” he said.

“We got frustrated a lot throughout the game and our guys cannot afford to get frustrated. We got to keep our focus on each possession. We got distracted at times. But, again, credit their defense,” Cone added.

In order not to absorb a third straight elimination at the hands of Magnolia, Cone says the Gin Kings need to play a whole lot better starting with Game 2 oon Tuesday.

Ginebra certainly can’t afford playing the Hotshots’ slow game.

“They had to make it kind of an ugly game. They kind of had to muddy it up and they did. They did muddy it up. Again, it was really great discipline at their part and as I said, it really feels like a loss more than a game,” Cone said.

“I thought they outplayed us tonight. We ended up winning the game but they outplayed us. We can’t let them outplay us on Tuesday,” he added.

 

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