FROM one legend to another, coach Tim Cone seeks to honor the memory of Virgilio Baby Dalupan as Barangay Ginebra takes on Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The league will pay tribute to Dalupan, who passed away earlier this week, at the break of the doubleheader that also features sophomore squads Mahindra and Blackwater facing off in the curtain-raiser at 4:30 p.m.
“I’m honored and excited that the Baby Dalupan tribute will be before our game, and I would love to dedicate a win for him,” said Cone, who has surpassed Dalupan as the coach with the most championships in the league.
“But as we all know, nothing comes easy with RoS,” he added ahead of the main game at 6:45 p.m. “We’ll have to be at the top of our game to get a win for coach Baby.”
Cone went to the wake of his self-confessed idol Friday night at Ateneo de Manila. He returned to the place Saturday afternoon together with the entire Ginebra team shortly after the team's practice to pay their last respect to the man known as 'The Maestro.'
The Gin Kings face the E-Painters in a rematch of their quarterfinal matchup in the Commissioner’s Cup won by RoS, which swept Ginebra in their best-of-three series on the way to winning its second league title.
The Gin Kings, though, are slightly performing better than the E-Painters in this juncture of the season-ending conference as they’re running third in the 12-team standings with a 4-2 win-loss record, a half-game ahead of RoS.
Gienbra, however, seeks to get back on the winning track after coming off a 111-105 double-overtime loss to SMB last Sunday.
The E-Painters, on the other hand, won their last game last week when they nipped Alaska, 117-114, despite the ejection of coach Yeng Guiao and are aiming to gain some momentum.