Bitter-sweet feeling for Frankie Lim after his Ginebra coaching debut
Coach Frankie Lim says Ginebra 'will be all right' this conference. Jaime Campos

FRANKIE Lim had mixed emotions after his coaching debut for Barangay Ginebra, saying he was happy with the way his players fought back from a big deficit in the second half but disappointed to be at the losing end.

“Okay naman ang effort nila (Gin Kings) eh. Kulang lang sa tao, but siyempre, we don’t make that as an excuse,” said Lim after a Ginebra team left without Twin Towers' Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar as well as Chris Ellis dropped a 99-108 loss to Alaska on Friday night.

Lim admitted Ginebra prepared hard for a month with Slaughter the center of attention in a new-look team, only to see the 6-11 big man sprain an ankle when he stepped on the  foot of Dorian Pena in practice.

“We’ve been preparing for a month with Greg, eh siyempre, sanay na sanay sila with Greg 'till he got sprained. Ano magagawa natin?” he said.

The former San Beda coach said he was also disappointed with some "bad decisions" in the third quarter that gave momentum back to Alaska, but he expects a better Ginebra squad this conference with high-scoring import Orlando Johnson in the fold.

“Nanghinayang lang ako dahil magaling ang import namin. He just needs support from the locals in terms of scoring, but I think we’ll be alright,” said Lim of Johnson, who scored 50 points in his debut.

“Masama loob ko dahil natalo kami, but again, looking at what I have, di na rin masama. At least, nakita mo mga players namin. They played very hard. Dun lang sa aspeto na yun, happy na ako.”

However, Lim and Ginebra will only have one day to prepare for Talk ‘N Text, the newly-crowned Commissioner’s Cup champion, which the Gin Kings will face on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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