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    Cabagnot, SMB bracing for Cone adjustments come Game 3

    Jul 30, 2018
    Alex Cabagnot played down his career offensive game, deflecting credit to his teammates as well as the coaching staff for the adjustments following an embarrassing loss in the series opener.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    SAN Miguel guard Alex Cabagnot was almost unstoppable in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals when he scored a career-high 33 points.

    But dwarfed by his torrid scoring was his all-around effort in the 134-109 win over Ginebra on Sunday night when he also nine assists, four rebounds and four steals.

    Cabagnot, though, was quick to deflect the credit.

    "I think management and coaching staff did a great job from that one-day off that we had," Cabagnot said. "We watched extensive film and I’m glad that we made the right adjustments and it worked today."

    "Not necessarily it’s gonna work on Wednesday so we still have to stay ahead of the learning curve, maybe we could continue what we did today," added Cabagnot.

    Most of the raves that Cabagnot got was for his scoring - and with good reason. At one point in the second quarter, Cabagnot drilled three straight three-point shots.

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    "The shots were just falling today, I guess. Maraming salamat sa coaching staff for allowing me to play today. And it was different in Game One."

    Cabagnot took a page off his pep talk for the University of the Philippines men's basketball team where he helps out as a consultant.

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    "Like what I tell my UP boys, you can’t control the environment. All you could control is when you are inside the 94 feet (basketball court). You just do your best and let God do the rest," Cabagnot said.

    Adjustments are certainly in order for Ginebra which Cabagnot definitely expects.

    "I expect the coaching staff, the management, boss Robert, and everybody else, the staff, everybody that’s part of our organization, our team, our ball club to be on pins and needles because we know naman coach Tim Cone is a great coach.

    "He is one of the greatest coaches that the PBA has with 20 championships. I think we’re gonna be prepared. We’re gonna try to prepare as well as possible. So for Game 3, we could be adequately reinforced," said Cabagnot.

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    Alex Cabagnot played down his career offensive game, deflecting credit to his teammates as well as the coaching staff for the adjustments following an embarrassing loss in the series opener.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño
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