FOR San Mig coach Tim Cone, the 1-0 lead the Mixers have against top seeds Barangay Ginebra Kings is just a headstart rather than a cushion they can enjoy in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.
“It's a long series, and just like I said against Talk 'N Text when we went up one game or 1-0, there's no feeling of comfort leading by 1-0," said Cone.
"You might feel comfortable leading by 3-0, but you never get comfortable leading 1-0. But it (1-0 lead) does give you the opportunity to lead the series right now and dictate the series."
They Said It!
“(Game One) could have gone either way. It was just that close, but we got the finger on the ball, got the steal and Mark Barroca did an incredible shot on LA Tenorio's defense." - San Mig coach Tim Cone
San Mig will exactly try just that as it guns for a second straight win against the Kings when Game Two of the best-of-seven series is played Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Game time is at 8 p.m.
The Mixers escaped with an 85-83 win over the Kings in Game One of the series, thanks to Mark Barroca's difficult turnaround jumper from the low post area against LA Tenorio for the winning basket.
The opener was a game of spurts which saw the Mixers and the Kings exchange scoring runs during the first 45 minutes of play.
But with the game on the line, Joe Devance, who led the Mixers with 20 points, swatted away an inbound by Mac Baracael for Japeth Aguilar, leading to a turnover that set up Barroca's game-winner.
"That game (Game One) could have gone either way. It was just that close, but we got the finger on the ball, got the steal and Mark Barroca did an incredible shot on LA Tenorio's defense," said Cone, who is gunning for his 16th league title that would make him the winningest coach in PBA history.
For Ginebra coach Ato Agustin, the two-point loss should push the Kings to improve on their execution and sustain their discipline inside the court.
"Nakita ko sa stats, especially in the second and fourth quarters, parang hindi namin na-sustain kung ano 'yung magandang ginawa namin sa first and third quarters. So we need to be disciplined, parang nagka-kanya-kanya sa second and fourth eh, one pass then shoot," rued Agustin.
The Ginebra mentor said the Kings still have enough time to make the adjustment and try to get even on Friday.
"We always remind the players to execute the plays, and move the ball. Teamwork talaga dapat," he said. "We better be good most of the time. And I think that's how the series is gonna go, the series can go either way."