ANTIPOLO CITY - Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone was man enough to admit Magnolia was the better team in their PBA Governors Cup semifinals series.
"They deserved it. They obviously outplayed us," said Cone after the Kings' two-year reign as champions of the season-ending meet came to an end on Friday night following a 112-108 loss in Game 4 of the best-of-five showdown at the Ynares Center.
"They outplayed us from the first minute of the series all the way down (in Game 4)," added Cone, who led the Magnolia franchise to its last championship with a grand slam back in 2014.
The Hotshots won the series, 3-1.
Cone said a couple of errors down the stretch and the Kings running out of gas spelled the difference in the loss that bundled out Ginebra from making a third consecutive finals appearance in the season-ending meet.
"In the fourth quarter our guys were tired. We had to spend a lot of energy coming back in the game before, and we just lacked legs," said the Ginebra mentor. "We made a couple of errors down the stretch and they made free throws. That was it, that's the story."
Cone was also close of admitting Magnolia counterpart Chito Victolero outcoached him.
"Their coach was awesome, He really coached a great, great series," he said. "We just came out short."