ITS failure to retain the PBA Governors Cup title should only motivate Barangay Ginebra to go for the ultimate prize next season.
Coach Tim Cone hopes the Kings’ ouster in the semifinals of the season-ending meet at the hands of the Magnolia Hotshots would spur the team to come back stronger and contend for the Philippine Cup.
“Hopefully, we’ll use it as motivation going to the next conference,” said an obviously disappointed Cone after a 112-108 loss put an end to Ginebra’s season and denied it of a shot of winning the Governors Cup championship for the third straight year.
“We’ll move forward, move on from it,” added the champion coach.
The league’s 44th season kicks off on January 13, with defending champion San Miguel Beer gunning for an unprecedented fifth straight All-Filipino championship.
Ginebra has not won the season’s most prestigious title in more than a decade or since beating San Miguel in the 2006-07 finals.
Cone owns four all-Filipino titles – three while still with Alaska and another one with San Mig Coffee during the season when it won the grand slam in 2014.
The Hotshots under Cone were actually the last team to clinch the Philippine Cup crown before the Beermen began their reign in 2015.
The Kings tried to dethrone the Beermen when they tangled during the 2017 finals, but lost in the title series, 4-1.
In the last Philippine Cup, the two rival ballclubs met in the semifinals only for the Kings to fall anew, 4-1.
Both times, the Kings played minus injured big man Greg Slaughter.