TIM Cone noted Barangay Ginebra’s 94-91 loss to Phoenix in Davao City over the weekend was its first loss in an out-of-town of game for a long time.
But it’s not a cause for alarm.
The league’s most popular ballclub seeks to bounce back from that heartbreaking loss to the Fuel Masters when it returns to action against GlobalPort in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Like the Kings, the Batang Pier are also still winless with a 0-2 record.
“It’s been a while since we lost out of town, so we’re very disappointed,” said Cone after the team’s practice on Tuesday. “But we don’t want to make too much of the first game.”
A missing link in the loss to Phoenix was import Justin Brownlee who had 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists - disappointing numbers for the man responsible for steering the Kings to the Governors Cup championship last season.
He shot 3-of-10 from the field.
Cone though, is not about to come down hard on Brownlee, who he believes will get back to his top form once he settles down with the Kings.
“We know Justin will get his bearings and put up big performances,” the Ginebra coach stressed.
It is imperative for the moment, according to Cone, for the Kings to start registering the W’s beginning with their 7 p.m. match-up against the Batang Pier at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“In the meantime, we have to look for as many early wins as we can, and not fall too far behind the leaders,” Cone said.