TIM CONE, the outspoken B-Meg coach, is not lost for words even now that the Llamados are on the verge of a complete collapse against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their PBA Governors Cup Finals.
“I’m full of clichés if you wanna hear them now, `it takes four to win’, 'it’s not over until it’s over.’ You can hear all those if you want,” said Cone trying to find solace in the aftermath of B-Meg’s 89-94 loss in Sunday’s Game Four at the Araneta Coliseum.
“But the bottom line is, we got to go out and win Game Five.”
Losing for the second straight game in the Finals, the Llamados now find themselves staring at a 1-3 deficit -- a hole just three teams in the 37-year history of the PBA were able to dig themselves out of, although only the legendary 1991 Ginebra squad managed to do the feat in a championship series.
Although the pressure is obviously on the side of the Llamados, Cone said all they have to think of right now is to win Game Five on Wednesday and nothing more than that.
He added they should not even think ahead and worry about the tough task of winning the last three games of the series to salvage their second straight championship this season.
“We don’t worry about that (winning three in a row). It’s not part of our psyche at the moment,” Cone said. “I think we got to put some pressure on them. Right now, they’re playing pressure-free. They’ve got a future after Game Five, us we don’t.”
For someone who’s been in the league for 23 years now and is in his 25th Finals appearance, the American mentor is not at all surprised seeing his fancied team down at this point in the series against a Rain or Shine side playing in its first-ever championship stint.
“You never get surprised or shocked in a series. I’ve got swept in the Finals before,” Cone said. “I’m certainly disappointed that we’re down. I would like to think that we should have been up in the series, 3-1.”