PBA Finals: Gimmick defense, moral victories don’t win titles says coach Tim

Paul Lintag on Jan 11, 2020 07:39 AM
Gimmick defense, moral victories don’t win titles - Cone
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LUCENA — In an interesting move, Barangay Ginebra unleashed a box-and-1 defense against Meralco import Allen Durham in Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday here.

It sort of worked as Durham only attempted 14 shots for 21 points, very far from his usual.

However, Ginebra also trailed by as many as 19 points in the game and ended up losing, blowing a golden chance to go up 2-0 in the best-of-7 series.

Head coach Tim Cone says that the Gin Kings can’t rely on outdated defenses to get themselves out of early holes.

That certainly won’t lead to a championship for Ginebra.

“We had to use a gimmick defense to [come back] and that’s not going to do it for the whole series. We got to get better defensively. We’re just a very poor defensive team tonight,” Cone said.

“They [Meralco] were able to do exactly what they wanted in both games and we were lucky to win the first one and they dominated us here in the second game. At his point, we got a lot to go back to in the drawing board,” he added.

Coming back from 19 down to tie the game multiple times in the secoond half is something to note of and be proud of for Ginebra.

Still, that’s not the way to win championships and the Gin Kings will have some things to figure out starting with Game 3 Sunday back in Manila.

“e were on our heels all game long. We battled back, which I’m proud of, but that’s not going to be enough for this series,” coach Tim said.

“Being proud of the guys is not going to win the series for us. We got to do more,” Cone added.


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