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    Tim Cone hopeful Ginebra stayed sharp after non-stop training during All-Star break

    Aug 9, 2016
    Tim Cone and Ginebra haven't stopped training during the All-Star break. Jerome Ascano

    BARANGAY Ginebra looks to pick up from where it left off as it battles Blackwater on Wednesday night when the PBA Governors’ Cup resumes after the All-Star break at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The Gin Kings have put up their first winning streak of the conference, winning back-to-back games after a 107-93 blowout of Meralco in Lucena last July 30.

    But before the league’s crowd darlings could sustain their momentum, the league went through the All-Star weekend that kept Gin Kings idle for more than a week, although they hardly skipped a beat in training.

    “It’s been a long break between games and we worked hard to stay sharp,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone, whose team is running third in the 12-team standings in a tie with defending champion San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine with a 3-1 win-loss record.

    “Hopefully, that hard work will show against up against Blackwater, who is a very dangerous opponent with the six-foot-nine Dawson,” the champion coach added on the eve of the 7 p.m. matchup against Eric Dawson and the Elite. “We’ll have to figure a way to contain him.”

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    Rain or Shine found a way to limit Dawson as the Elite import was held to just 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting in their 98-92 victory last July 27.

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    So expect Dawson, who contributed in other areas and finished with an all-around effort with 25 boards, six assists, five blocks, three steals in almost 43 minutes against the E-Painters, to bounce back offensively against the Gin Kings.

    Justin Brownlee banners the Gin Kings, while Japeth Aguilar, Mark Caguioa, Joe Devance, and rookie sensation Scottie Thompson provide local support after the quartet participated in the All-Star game last Sunday.

    Chris Ellis, however, is likely out once again, Cone said, as the starting small forward continues to recover from a groin injury.

    Carlo Lastimosa, the Elite’s only All-Star game representative, tries to lead his team to its second win in four games in the match preceded by Rain or Shine and Meralco squaring off in the opener at 4:15 p.m.

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