PBA Finals: Ginebra crowd will be a factor in series -- Cone
Mark Escarlote on Jan 05, 2020 10:10 AM
I think if there’s an edge that we have, it’s always the Ginebra crowd and the Ginebra fans. They push us to greater heights all the time -- Ginebra coach Tim Cone (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone is aware that Meralco is fueled by its desire to win its first PBA title.
The Bolts are sure to come at the Gin Kings hard just like in their previous two title series.
But Cone is confident that they can again deny Meralco its dream of lifting the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup championship trophy once again with their tried and tested weapon: the Ginebra crowd.
“I think if there’s an edge that we have, it’s always the Ginebra crowd and the Ginebra fans. They push us to greater heights all the time,” said Cone. “That’s the beauty of being with Ginebra. You have that constant pressure from the fans to keep on playing on your highest level.”
The Gin Kings behind their legion of fans beat Meralco in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the season-ending conference Finals that needed six and seven games, respectively, to be decided.
“The only way to counter Meralco is with our fans,” said Cone. “Sixth man of Meralco is their hunger and their motivation from losing the last two series.”
“But our Sixth Man is our fans. Without them, it’s gonna be tough for us to beat them,” he added.
The Ginebra-Meralco rivalry has been one of the biggest crowd-drawing Finals series in years.
In 2017, Game 6 of the Finals tallied a total of 53,642 gate attendance that was surpassed in Game 7 when a 54,086-strong crowd rocked the Philippine Arena in Bulacan to witness Ginebra win it all.
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