GOOD coaching for San Miguel and the opposite for Barangay Ginebra.
It’s as simple as that, according to coach Tim Cone, who blamed no one buy himself for the 102-81 beating the Kings absorbed at the hands of the three-time reigning champions on Thursday night in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.
“It was brilliant coaching by coach Leo (Austria), they played well and that comes from the bench. And on the other hand, it was terrible coaching by me. Just totally outcoached and outclassed today,” said Cone outside the team dugout at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Nothing worked for the Kings in Game Four as they failed to immediately react when the Beermen went to the zone defense, according to Cone.
Despite the presence of the man who popularized Ginebra’s never-say-die spirit, Robert Jaworski, the team couldn’t get its game going in the face of San Miguel’s defensive adjustment that limited the Kings to just 4-of-20 from three-point range (20 percent).
“We didn’t figure out their zone early and gave that zone life, and never got it going,” admitted Cone. “And defensively, they attacked us really well, and shot the ball well. Everything just kind of mushroomed today.”
“But it really comes down to brilliant adjustment by coach Leo that we weren’t just prepared for. Should have been, but we weren’t. And that’s on me.”
The frustration obviously got the better of Cone that he sat on the Ginebra bench for most of the fourth quarter and let lead deputy Richard del Rosario do the coaching.
The Kings trailed by as much as 84-55 late in the third period.
Ginebra finds itself down in the best-of-seven series, 3-1, with just a day to make the adjustments before Game Five at the Cuneta Astrodome on Saturday.
Cone has no time to dwell on what could have been.
“We move forward from it,” the two-time Grand Slam coach said. “Tough one to swallow especially since we played so hard and so well the last game.”