TIM Cone admitted San Mig Super Coffee is a tired team in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
But more than that, he believes the Mixers’ lack of focus and concentration were factors which led to their downfall against Rain or Shine in Sunday’s Game Five of the title series watched by a crowd of 20,152 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Riding the energy provided by a surprising starter in injured Marc Pingris, the Mixers raced to an early eight-point lead in the first half, but failed to sustain it in the end that led to a 74-81 loss and cut their series lead to 3-2 with Game Six slated on Wednesday.
“Yeah, we’re tired. To say that we’re not tired is not fair. We’re tired but there is still something left in us to keep pushing,” said Cone in his post-game interview.
“We’re not just good enough tonight. We just don’t have the edge on our focus and concentration.”
The gentleman coach that he is, Cone likewise gave credit to the effort put up by the Elasto Painters to stay alive and extend the series.
“Give them all the credit in the world, they hit big shots. Paul Lee hit shots when he needed to and Jeff Chan went off on us. We have to tip our hats to them and we have tremendous amount of respect to them and what they just do,” added the American mentor, who is gunning for an all-time record 16th career title.
With a two-day rest in between before the series resumes at the Big Dome, Cone said the Mixers will try to "recover and regenerate and see if we could come up together with a good game on Wednesday.”
But he expects the last two games of the series to be a `battle to the end.’
“Game Six is Game Six. It’s an entity all by itself. So we’ll just take Game Six and not worry about what happened in Game Five and what will happen in Game Seven.”