COACH Tim Cone rued the lack of energy on the part of San Mig Coffee that led to a disappointing 67-86 Game Two blowout at the hands of Alaska in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series Monday night.
The defeat allowed the Aces to tie the best-of-five showdown at one game apiece.
“We didn’t get back well (on defense) most of the game. Their (Aces) energy was higher than us,” said a disheartened Cone, whose team shot just 34.2 percent from the field.
Reigning Best Import Denzel Bowles again struggled for the second straight game, finishing with just eight points - his lowest output in the PBA - on 4-of-12 shooting.
Cone gave credit to Alaska’s airtight defense, which limited Bowles' touches and foced him to kick the ball out to his teammates in the few times that he got the ball inside.
“I just think that they come out on him hard (defensively). They stick to him well, we’re gonna have to look at that on video,” added the multi-titled coach.
At the same time, Cone pointed out he needed to get more production from his perimeter gunners, and stressed the need to move the ball around in order to de-clog the shaded lane and allow Bowles to operate.
“Obviously, we need more ball movement. We got a little selfish at times. The guys tried to do a lot of things on their own, while they (Aces) really fired on all cylinders. They got it really going,” noted Cone, who has won 14 league titles, including 13 with Alaska from 1989-2011.
Cone and the Mixers will now have about a week to ponder on what really went wrong as Game Three won’t be played until May 8 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum shortly after the Annual All-Star festivities set to start on Wednesday in Digos City.