Tim Cone sorry for handshake flap: 'There's no one in PBA I respect more than Norman Black'
“I got caught up in the moment and could’ve handled it differently,” says Ginebra coach Tim Cone. Jerome Ascano

TIM Cone only needed a night’s sleep to have a change of heart.

The morning after Ginebra’s 94-81 loss to Meralco in Game Three of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, the Gin Kings coach apologized to counterpart Norman Black for refusing to shake his hand after getting upset over a late Bolts timeout.

Black called a timeout with 38 seconds left with the game already decided, leaving Cone upset and just staring at the Bolts bench, and not drawing up a play during that timeout.

Then, as the final buzzer sounded, the Gin Kings coach had some words for his Bolts counterpart and went straight to the dugout without bothering to shake Black's hand.

“I regret my actions after Game Three ended,” Cone said in a text message on Thursday morning. “Yes, I was upset about the timeout that was called late in the game, but there is no one in the PBA that I respect more than Norman Black.”

Cone is the league’s winningest coach with 19 titles, while Black is trailing him among active coaches with 11 championships, third most behind Baby Dalupan (15).

“I got caught up in the moment and could’ve handled it differently,” Cone added. “I apologize, and will do so to him personally.”  

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