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    Ginebra coach Cone plays down No. 1 seed: 'It's just pogi points'

    Oct 28, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone said getting the top seed heading to the 2018 PBA Governors Cup playoffs is not the top priority for the Kings.

    The Kings are on pace to get the No. 1 ranking - and twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals - following their 93-86 win over Magnolia on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    It doesn't mean much for Cone.

    “It’s just pogi points at this point,” said Cone. “Getting the number one seed, you don’t get an advantage over the number four and the bottom four teams, you don’t want to face any of them.”

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    Cone knows where he is coming from. When he was still handing the Purefoods franchise, Cone’s team lost to eighth-seed Powerade in a memorable quarterfinal series in the 2011-2012 Philippine Cup.

    “I’ve been there being the number one seed. There are often times that there is a lot of extra pressure because the expectations go up,” Cone said.

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    Cone said twice-to-beat advantage, which goes to the top four teams after the eliminations, also isn’t a guarantee of an easy route to the title.

    Phoenix, Blackwater, San Miguel, NLEX, TNT, and Meralco are the teams that could be in the bottom four.

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    “I mean, San Miguel, the best they can go is No. 5. Any teams down there, NLEX, Meralco. If they (Meralco) can get Ranidel (de Ocampo) back, they can sneak into the top eight. TNT right now is the leading candidate to be down there but you don’t want to play them in a twice-to-beat either. What choices do you have.

    “It’s too easy to say I want to be number one so that I can play the eighth seed. But in our league, one through eight, you don’t want to play anybody,” said Cone.

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