PBA Finals: Gin Kings maximize playing on the road
Paul Lintag on Jan 10, 2020 08:50 AM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
LUCENA — Playing out of town games, especially in the PBA Finals, can be tough.
However, Barangay Ginebra is treating Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup Finals, which is Friday here, as a normal out of town outing.
The Gin Kings will follow their normal routine as always in hopes of playing a normal game and pad their now 1-0 lead over Meralco in the best-of-7 Finals showdown.
“We find a place and a time with which we can review video and have meetings. It's always tough, the travel and the conditions are always difficult,” head coach Tim Cone said on their plan of attack for Friday’s Game 2.
“There's extra preparation that goes on. But you know, there's obviously a give-and-take. The bus ride is tough, sleeping not in your own bed is tough. Not getting your regular routines or the food that you normally have is tough,” he added.
Despite playing out-of-town games presenting different challenges, they also present different advantages.
For one, the Gin Kings can alwayys count of fan support wherever they go. But playing on the road also should bode well for team chemistry.
And in the Finals, a team will need all they edge they can get.
“There are some positives to it as well,” coach Tim said.
“There's a real sense of togetherness when you go out of town, because you're on the road together and you're in the hotel together, and because everybody's nearby, it's easy to call them together and do video work,” he added.
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