BATANGAS - TNT coach Nash Racela was a bit puzzled by coach Tim Cone’s move to call a timeout beyond the team’s limit with Game Two of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals between TNT KaTropa and Ginebra already decided.
With the Gin Kings down by nine points, 102-93, with 24 seconds left, Cone called an excessive timeout, resulting in a technical foul and a technical free throw that Rudy Lingganay, however, missed.
The Gin Kings' Sol Mercado, though, buried a three-pointer after the timeout that pulled them to within six points, before the Texters held on for the 103-96 win.
Asked of his thoughts on the timeout, Racela felt it could be a way for Cone to fire up his wards ahead of Game Three on Friday night at the Big Dome.
“I don’t know,” Racela said. “Maybe it’s just one of his ways of sending a message to his team, so I don’t really know what happened there and what the objective was.”
“We got an extra free throw, a missed free throw,” he added.
Asked if he would call an excessive timeout, Racela answered in the affirmative, but it would depend on the situation.
“Yeah, especially if it’s a crucial (time) and we’re down by one,” Racela said.
Let’s see how the Gin Kings respond to Cone’s words during that extra timeout –and in practice the next day.