IT is Tim Cone’s way of venting his frustration on the San Mig Coffee Mixers.
Forward Marc Pingris can’t think of any other reason for the silent treatment the team got from its usually outspoken mentor during the Mixers’ 101-77 loss at the hands of Rain or Shine in their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup showdown at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday.
With the Mixers playing listless and with no sign of a miracle comeback forthcoming, Cone let deputy coach Jeff Cariaso do the coaching during the entire second half of the lopsided match as he turned into a mere spectator - a frustrated one at that.
“Para sa akin, kahit paano, pinapakita niya (Cone) na, 'Sige gawin niyo gusto niyo, minsan kasi, parang di niyo naman sinusunod ang gusto ko eh,”’ said Pingris, when asked his thoughts on the silence of the same man who just two months ago steered the franchise to the Governors Cup championship.
And the Gilas Pilipinas mainstay was quick to admit the Mixers are the ones to be blamed for their 24-point blowout that saw the Elasto Painters drop a total of 13 three-pointers.
“Di lang si coach, pati mga assistant coaches, sinasabi na gawin namin kung ano ang pina-practice namin. Pero kaming mga players ang may problema,” he said.
“Nagka-kanya kanya kami. Parang nawala `yung gutom namin dahil siguro nakakuha kami ng championship.”
The son-in-law of popular comedian and TV host Vic Sotto added the Mixers are not used to carrying a losing record (3-7) late in this late stage of the double-round eliminations of the all-Filipino conference.
“Di kami sanay na ganito kami,” Pingris told Spin.ph. referring to the team’s woeful record. “Di naman sa nagyayabang, di ganito standings namin. Natalo man 0-3, pero tumataas kami. Pero di `yung ganitong pababa, nakakasama ng loob.”
The 6-foot-5 Pingris played through a knee injury against the Elasto Painters and managed to finish with eight points and five rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
Good thing according to him, the three-day New Year’s day break given to the Mixers would give the team the chance to recharge, reflect, and refresh going to San Mig’s last four games in the tournament.
Teammate James Yap said for San Mig to experience a major turnaround in its last four games, it needs to play consistently on defense.
“Kailangan lang talaga mag-focus sa defense kasi di kami consistent sa defense eh,” said Yap, who led the Mixers with 16 points in the team’s second loss in three days.