DESPITE the Game One victory, Barangay Ginebra players are determined to make adjustments after what head coach Tim Cone described as a ‘win that felt like a loss’ in the series opener against Magnolia.
Cone told reporters after the Kings’ 85-79 loss to the Hotshots that it didn’t felt like a victory for his team last Saturday as the Kings were not able to get their offense going until Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle hit crucial shots in the end.
LA Tenorio agreed with Cone’s statements.
“Bottomline is a win is a win but if we are going to take a look at the game, tama si coach Tim,” Tenorio said. “May point siya na they outplayed us the whole game. They came out with a great defense against our team. We just have to be better next time.”
Meanwhile, in his first playoff game as a Ginebra player, Pringle was impressive especially in the clutch as the Gin Kings took the victory in Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals. Pringle had 18 points including a crucial lay-up down the stretch in the six-point victory.
But like Tenorio, Pringle said he, too, is also looking to play better for Game Two set Tuesday due to the turnovers that were also forced by Magnolia in the game.
“It was cool,” Pringle said when asked about his first playoff game since being acquired by Ginebra in a mid-conference trade. “I’m still locked in on focusing on correcting my mistakes, couple of turnovers that I have. I’m not really thinking about anything else.”
“I’ll just worried about Game Two, touch up on the mistakes that we did on defense and fix rotations.”
Tenorio said Ginebra definitely expected Magnolia to come out with a good defensive plan for the entire series.
“Hindi namin ineexpect na madali ito. They came out really hard on us. The good thing is nanalo kami. We came out with great offense pero we just have to look at our execution on offense and how we will be better in the next game."
"They played great defense. That’s how Magnolia is. Alam naman natin na great defensive team that’s why they are successful. They have guards and bigs what can match-up with us,” Tenorio added.