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    Puzzled Nash Racela thinks Tim Cone was 'sending a message' to Ginebra in calling excessive timeout

    Oct 4, 2017
    Nash Racela was among those puzzled in Ginebra coach Tim Cone calling an excessive timeout. Jerome Ascano

    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.

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      “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.

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      Nash Racela was among those puzzled in Ginebra coach Tim Cone calling an excessive timeout. Jerome Ascano
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