DESPITE kicking off its PBA Governors Cup title retention bid on a wrong foot, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is very much confident about the team’s campaign in the season-ending meet.
It’s just one game, according to Cone.
“Our first game didn’t go the way we hoped for. But we know we have a lot of good basketball ahead of us,” he stressed.
Hopefully, it starts Sunday when the Kings return to the court against Globalport at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
It’s exactly a week since the Kings (0-1) opened their title defense with a 93-78 loss to Meralco in a rematch of last year’s finals of this same tournament.
The game saw the return of big man Greg Slaughter from a season-long recovery off an ACL injury. Although the 7-foot center had14 points and 14 rebounds in his first game after almost a year of inactivity, Cone admitted the Kings had to make major adjustment of having him back in the middle.
“We’re adjusting some things here and there as we go and still trying to find our way,” said Cone without going through specifics, but obviously referring to Slaughter’s return.
“But we know we’ll get there. We know we’ll be a force to reckon before this conference is over. We just have to trust the process.”
The Batang Pier should be a perfect test for the Kings.
Globalport (1-1) bounced back from an opening game loss to Rain or Shine by turning back previously unbeaten Phoenix, 100-91, as it parade a new import in Murphy Holloway, whose inside forays are what exactly the Batang Pier needed, according to coach Franz Pumaren.
In the 4:15 p.m. curtain raiser, undefeated league leader NLEX seeks to stretch its winning run as it tackles Phoenix (2-1)
The Road Warriors are off to a fast start after winning their first three games of the tournament, including a 122-114 thriller in double overtime against Rain or Shine (1-2) the last time.