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    Cone braces for 'best Columbian team' since expansion in crucial Ginebra game

    Nov 15, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    COLUMBIAN shoots for a quarterfinal spot on Friday when it tackles Barangay Ginebra on Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The Dyip are looking to avoid complications by winning over the Gin Kings in their 7 p.m. encounter. Columbian will be shooting for its fifth win, which will assure the Dyip of the seventh seed in the quarterfinals.

    A loss for the Dyip will send them to different scenarios, including a possible playoff for the eighth and final spot in the quarterfinal round.

    Columbian though has lost two straight games heading into the game against Ginebra. The Dyip lost to Meralco, 92-74, last November 8 to fall to a 4-6 win-loss record.

    The quest is also expected to be tough since Barangay Ginebra is in a bid to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

    "This is the best Columbian team we've ever studied for since they entered the league," Kings coach Tim Cone said of the team reinforced by Khapri Alston. "Their import complements what they do, and they've got a very active system."

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    "We know this win will get us into the top 4. We also know a win for Columbian will get them into the playoffs. There's a lot at stake in this game," the league's most successful coach added.

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