Cone says San Miguel - not TNT - is team to beat as PBA race narrows down to four
LA Tenorio and Ginebra are set to meet SMB in the Final Four. Jaime Campos

IN the eyes of Tim Cone, San Miguel, the reigning champion, remains the team to beat in the PBA Governors Cup.

The Beermen may have ended only as the second-seeded team behind TNT Katropa going to the playoffs, but Cone feels the road to the championsihp still has to pass through the defending titlists.

And that's what the Kings have to go through in the semis as they arranged a best-of-five showdown with their sister team after ousting Alaska, 109-104, in the quarterfinals on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

"My apologies to Talk N Text. They may have ended up as the No. 1 seed (but) I will said that right out front," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone after the win over the Aces.

"But for me, still the team to beat is San Miguel."

[See Ginebra survives Alaska comeback behind timely Brownlee trey]

Cone said the presence of June Mar Fajardo in the middle – and the absence of fellow big man Greg Slaughter in the lane – is definitely a huge advantage for the Beermen.

“They got June Mar and they’ve got great weapons around them,” Cone pointed out. “And though (Elijah) Millsap came late, they know him very well.”

The Beermen advanced to the Final Four for the fourth straight conference by turning back the NLEX Road Warriors earlier, 109-104.

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