B-Meg coach Tim Cone does not want his Llamados to get way ahead of themselves after clinching a spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
The 14-time champion mentor wants his wards to stay fixed in the present especially when they face a worthy adversary in Petron on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“We can’t rush the fact that we made the semis,” Cone said after the Llamados defeated his former team, Alaska, 77-61, last Wednesday. “We have to keep focused on the everyday process.”
The Llamados, who are comfortably perched at the top spot with a 5-1 mark, have no plans of slowing down when they take on their sister team at 6:30 p.m.
“Our goal right now is to keep winning,” Cone said. “I hope we can get one of the last three.”
A win is not a certainty against the Boosters, who despite their 3-3 win-loss record are still a team to be reckoned with.
“Most people think Petron has the best team on paper,” Cone said of the defending champion.
With Eddie Basden, Arwind Santos, Chris Lutz, Alex Cabagnot, Denok Miranda, Jay Washington, and Danny Ildefonso, the Boosters have one of the league’s deepest rosters—and they are still without the injured Marcio Lassiter.
The same can be said of the Llamados. Even with import Marcus Blakely sitting on the bench for most of the second half against the Aces for a variety of ailments, B-Meg still won convincingly with their star-studded local cast of PJ Simon, James Yap, JC Intal, Marc Pingris, Yancy de Ocampo, and Rafi Reavis.
The Boosters lost to Barangay Ginebra, 86-83, last Sunday and they are certainly girding to bounce back against the Llamados.
Rain or Shine and Barako Bull square off in the opener at 4:15 p.m.
The Painters defeated Meralco, 81-77, just last Friday, while the Energy turned back Air21, 109-100, last Wednesday.
Import Jamelle Cornley, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, and Jeff Chan banner the Painters, who share the top spot with B-Meg.
The Energy, on the other hand, pin their hopes on import Leroy Hickerson, Willie Miller, and Ronald Tubid.