TIM Cone pinned the blame on no one but himself following San Mig’s 90-92 loss to sister team San Miguel Beer in the main game of the PBA Governors Cup playdate on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Mixers appeared in control through three quarters after building a 67-60 lead but fell apart in the final period when the hot-shooting Beermen went on a 15-5 tear on the way to victory.
“It was a poorly coached quarter on our part. I didn’t do the right things down the stretch, it’s almost my fault. This (game) was on me,” a disappointed Cone told Spin.ph.
With the tournament more like a sprint due to the short, single-round eliminations that will have teams playing just nine games each, Cone said it is imperative for his team to recover fast.
“Just for now, we’re gonna be licking our wounds. It would have been a big win, but it turned out we didn’t get it,” said the most successful coach in pro league history.
The Mixers failed to contain San Miguel’s playmaker Chris Ross, who ran rings around his defenders in the final period where he fired 13 of his 15 points.
San Mig, which fell to 1-1, returns to action on Tuesday wen it plays winless Meralco (-03) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.