Cone insists Ginebra not giving way to SMB: 'Ginebra wants to beat nobody more than San Miguel'
Tim Cone and the Ginebra coaching staff look to figure out how to beat SMB, who led by as much as 26 when the two teams clashed in the elimination round. Jerome Ascano

BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone insisted his team will show no mercy to San Miguel Beer in their PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, eager to finish off the Beermen in one game at the cost of SMB’s grand slam bid.

Cone again refuted fans’ insinuations that the defending champion Gin Kings would give way to their sister team especially in a conference where they are gunning for a second Triple Crown in franchise history.

“That’s not even something that we would even discuss or think about,” Cone said after practice on the eve of the showdown that tips off at 7 p.m. “We’re the defending champions. We want to come back and win. I guess people have this perception that we do things for each other. It’s just absolutely so far off the path.”

“(We’ll give) no quarters,” he added. “We’re not going to hold back…Ginebra wants to beat nobody more than San Miguel, and San Miguel wants to beats nobody more than Ginebra.”

Cone knows how precious a grand slam is, having won it twice with Alaska and Purefoods, respectively, the second one with current Ginebra utility man Joe Devance – and the league’s most successful coach would like to keep the grand slam winners to a minimum.

“Especially with Joe and I, we won the grand slam, we don’t want anybody else to win the grand slam,” Cone said. “We like our legacy the way it is. The more grand slams there are, the more cheap they become, so we want to keep our grand slams expensive.”

Cone, however, is bracing for a tough stand by the Beermen, knowing that history is on the side of SMB, which scored a 107-103 win over the Gin Kings in the regular season in a game where the Beermen led by as many as 26 points.

“We really got to get it done on one game,” Cone said. “They’re just too good. You can’t give them another shot. They beat us up in the elims and they have great confidence against us, so we have to figure out some things to try to get them uncomfortable.” 

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