IT was simply a case of TnT Katropa outplaying Barangay Ginebra and young Nash Racela winning his battle against grizzled veteran Tim Cone.
The Kings’ mentor was humble enough to say the Katropa were the better team Saturday night when the reigning champions suffered a 121-92 whipping in their crucial PBA Governors Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Outgunned, outplayed, outcoached,” said Cone as he took to twitter on his account @manilacone the following day on what he felt about the 29-point blowout his team suffered at the end of its elimination round campaign in the season-ending meet.
As has been his practice with every losses, Cone didn't grant post-game - except during Finals - following the lopsided game that tied the worst loss the Kings had under the champion coach.
It likewise hurt the chances of the reigning, defending champion to clinch the no. 1 seeding heading into the quarterfinal playoffs starting this Tuesday.
The Kings fell to a tie for second place with TnT at 8-3, while paving the way for Meralco to claim the solo lead at 8-2 going to the final day of the elims on Sunday.
“Hats off to coach Nash,” Cone said to his TnT counterpart.
Cone referred to Ginebra’s third loss in 11 outings as a ‘wake-up call.’
“But we’ll be ready for the playoffs,” he stressed.