PBA: Ginebra going all in to win elusive All-Filipino crown
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jan 21, 2020 03:04 PM
"Kung ma-naturalize lang namin si [Justin] Brownlee para makuha All-Filipino, ganun ko ka-gusto. Iba ng All-Filipino, alam naman natin yan." — LA Tenorio on Ginebra winning the Philippine Cup. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
The Tim Cone era at Barangay Ginebra has produced four PBA titles.
With Coach Tim at the helf, the Gin Kings have won three of the last four Governors' Cup. Ginebra also has a Commissioner's Cup championship sandwiched in between.
But the title that has eluded Ginebra, and Coach Tim for that matter, is the Philippine Cup.
Cone has a league-high 22 championships but only has two All-Filipino titles since 2000. Barangay Ginebra's last Philippine Cup title win was all the way back in 2007.
Naturally, the team is going for the crown jewel when the new PBA season opens in a couple of months and they've been very vocal about it.
"That's really the target right now. I think we're all motivated," Cone said on Ginebra's quest to win the All-Filipino.
But for Ginebra to win the All-Filipino, that means San Miguel Beer's unprecedented five-year reign will have to end.
"When you win it in all-Filipino, you are the best team. San Miguel has had an incredible monopoly on the All-Filipino in the last five years, and it's well deserved," coach Tim said.
"They are special, special team. And obviously we are all trying [to beat them]," he added.
Star guard LA Tenorio has also been very vocal about his desire to win the Philippine Cup, going as far as wishing they'll have super import Justin Brownlee count as a local.
The All-Filipino is one of the very few prizes missing in his vast collection.
"Binulungan ko na siya [Coach Tim] baka makalimutan niya. I'm really determined to sa All-Filipino," Tenorio said.
"Kung ma-naturalize lang namin si [Justin] Brownlee para makuha All-Filipino, ganun ko ka-gusto. Iba ng All-Filipino, alam naman natin yan," LA added.
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