PBA Finals: We were very methodical tonight -- Cone on breaking down Meralco
Mark Escarlote on Jan 16, 2020 07:50 AM
Barangay Ginebra methodically breaks down Meralco in Game 4 to move a win away from claiming the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup title. (Richard Esguerra)
Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone couldn’t help but smile with how the Gin Kings executed their game plan to a tee.
Slowly building momentum from a low-scoring and sluggish first quarter, Ginebra worked its way to building enough cushion in the next two periods before cruising to a 94-72 win over Meralco in Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals for a 3-1 series lead on Wednesday at the Big Dome.
“I thought we did a good, methodical job,” said Cone, who is a win away from steering the Gin Kings to its third season-ending title in four years.
From a 14-14 first quarter stalemate, the Gin Kings found their range in the second canto with Justin Brownlee dropping 15 of his 27 points as Ginebra shot 11-of-19 from the field while the Bolts struggled with their shooting with a 8-of-22 clip and missing all of their nine three-point attempts in the period.
The Gin Kings sustained their momentum in the second half to break the game wide open, 90-63, off a Mark Caguioa jumper with 3:33 remaining in the ball game.
“We were very methodical tonight in breaking them down on the offensive side,” said Cone.
Ginebra pounced on Meralco’s sour shooting especially from beyond the arc – a hellish 3-of-26 clip - and was patient in executing its offense.
“They were 1-14 from the 3-point line in the first half so they had no rhythm,” Cone pointed out. “We were very methodical out there. We weren't rushing. We built the lead slowly then kept it when we got it.”
Cone also lauded his team for its defense on Best Import winner Allen Durham, who finished with 21 points on 9-of-23 shooting.
“We did a great job against Durham. We held him to eight (sic) points at halftime, that's amazing,” said Cone of Durham, who was held down to nine points in the first two periods. “If you're gonna do that to a player like that, you better win the basketball game. Team-wise, I thought we played him well tonight.”
The Gin Kings can close the series on Friday at the MOA Arena.
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