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    Tim Cone fears surging Ginebra getting complacent: 'We are on the level of going down'

    Sep 9, 2017
    Tim Cone says Ginebra needs to pick up its play if it hopes to sustain its surge ahead of a tough match with SMB. Jaime Campos

    BARANGAY Ginebra is on a roll in the PBA Governors. Yet coach Tim Cone still doesn't see the defending champions playing at their peak right now.

    Despite clinching a seventh straight win at the expense of Blackwater Friday night, 98-81, Cone says the Kings still have a lot to offer.

    "Even at 7-1, I don't think we're playing our best basketball," Cone admitted.

    The victory over the Elite assured the Kings of the solo lead, while stretching their longest winning streak under Cone at seven consecutive games.

    Still, the two-time grand slam coach sees inconsistencies at the way his team is playing.

    "I think we're not playing as well as we did two or three games ago. We're not getting the same ball movement, the same open looks," said Cone.

    "It's hard to sustain the habit during a long winning streak. It's but a natural reaction that you will relax a little bit. It's human nature, and we're battling our human nature now."

    Cone cited the game against Blackwater in which Ginebra trailed in the opening half, and didn't take control until the payoff period.

    The same thing happened against Star in a game that needed two extra periods before Ginebra prevailed, 105-101.

    "We are on the level of going down so we need to pick it up," said Cone.

    But the Ginebra coach believes the team still has more to offer going to the final stretch of its elimination round campaign.

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    "I think we're not playing at our best level now and I still think we still have somewhere to go," said Cone.

    The Kings will play the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday in a match featuring the two teams to beat in the season-ending meet.

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