Cone hopes rookie Kevin Ferrer learns lesson, emerges better after spat with Arwind Santos
Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer has figured in a verbal tussle with San Miguel veteran Arwind Santos since Game Three. Jerome Ascano

TIM Cone obviously isn't too happy with the minor distractions Barangay Ginebra has to deal with in its PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel, specifically the exchange of verbal jabs between rookie Kevin Ferrer and veteran Arwind Santos.

While he did not castigate the Gilas rookie cadet for his act, the American coach didn’t approve of it 100 percent.

He also hopes the 23-year-old forward would learn a lesson or two from the incident that took place in the Beermen’s 99-88 win in Game Three.

“Kevin’s new to our team and doesn’t understand that yet, but he will,” said Cone about the matter.

[See Arwind Santos keeps mouth shut, lets game do the talking in face-off with Ferrer]

Ferrer and Santos engaged in a heated trash talking late in Game Three.

In a show of bravado unusual for a rookie, Ferrer later vowed to have the defending champions pay for their actions, especially the late three-point shot made by Chris Ross with the outcome of the match already beyond doubt.

None of that happened on Friday night as the Beermen jumped the gun on the Kings to post the wire-to-wire win and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Santos also had a better production of eight points and 12 rebounds compared to Ferrer, who finished with only six points, a single rebound, and three turnovers.

Cone didn’t think the Kings were affected psychologically by the Game Three incident, and hopes everything stays that way.

“I hope that our team does not worry about drama,” he said. “We just have to focus on Game Five, and worry about that one.

“That’s all we worry about.”

Game Five of the Finals is set Sunday with the Beermen eyeing a third straight all-Filipino title - and the Perpetual Trophy that goes with it.

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