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    Cone says first team to blink will lose this 'strange' series

    Aug 3, 2018
    Ginebra coach Tim Cone praised his wards for being resilient after avoiding a 3-1 hole in the series.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone struggled to find the words to describe another blowout victory in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, this time in favor of the Gin Kings on Friday.

    Ginebra tied the series against San Miguel Beer at two apiece after a 130-100 victory over the Beermen in another rout that has been the trend of the best-of-seven championship series.

    “That was strange,” said Cone upon entering the press room for the postgame interview. “This has been a strange series. I don’t think I’ve seen one or been in one like this before.”

    Welcome to this season’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals series.

    Cone said the championship series reminds him of the recent NBA Western Conference finals between the eventual champions Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

    “I think five of the last seven were blowouts and there were two close games where Houston won,” said Cone.

    Cone said he is shocked by what has been happening in this series, each team able to sustain their momentum following a big run and never looking back.

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      “I think what happens is that we’ve got two explosive teams. If you allow one team to get momentum, it’s really hard to break because they are that good. It seems that the team that can grab momentum is the team that is able to keep rolling, so far,” said Cone.

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      “Again, I’m speechless here. I’m not sure what to say about this,” he added.

      Cone said the twists and turns of the finals series have been so unpredictable. In Game Four, the Kings opened up with a 17-0 lead and the Beermen never recovered.

      “They demolished us in Game Two. We were sure that they couldn’t do that again in Game Three. And they went out and demolished us again in Game Three. I’m pretty sure they didn’t think we would come out and do that to them. It’s been lobbing hand grenades back and forth at each other,” said Cone.

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      The multi-titled coach lauded his players for showing resiliency in an important game that would have seen Ginebra trail, 3-1, if they lost.

      “The most important attribute is being resilient and being able to recover. I’m really proud of our guys for showing resiliency after two terribly embarrassing games and coming out and play like we did. We talked about our actions speak louder. We just go out and do it,” said Cone.

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      Ginebra coach Tim Cone praised his wards for being resilient after avoiding a 3-1 hole in the series.
      PHOTO: jerome ascaño
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