Tim Cone, Norman Black bury the hatchet as Ginebra coach apologizes for Game Three incident 
Tim Cone and Norman Black put the handshake flap behind them. Jerome Ascano

ALL’s well again between champion coaches Norman Black and Tim Cone.

True to his word, Cone personally apologized to Black for the endgame incident between them that marred Game Three of the PBA Governors Cup finals pitting Barangay Ginebra and Meralco.

Cone approached Black just before Friday’s Game Four at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and said sorry for refusing to shake his hands following the Bolts’ 94-81 win. The Ginebra mentor was obviously upset with the move of his Meralco counterpart to call a timeout with 38 seconds left and the Bolts holding on to a 13-point lead.

“Tim talked to me and he said sorry for what happened  the last game,” Black disclosed Friday night.

“That’s more than enough for me.”

Black admitted also losing his cool in some instances.

“I’m an emotional guy on the court, too. So I also had my moments,” he added.

But when apologies had been said and done, everything was back to normal between the two respected coaches, who have 27 championships between them.

“Tim and I had been rivals for years and continue to be rivals,” said Black, disclosing how he and Cone even served as travel buddies at times.

“Let’s move on,” he added.

The best-of-seven title series is tied at 2-2 with Game Five set on Sunday at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. 

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