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    Cone still feels good about Ginebra chances despite sorry Game One letdown

    Jul 26, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    TIM Cone felt Barangay Ginebra didn’t play like the defending PBA Commissioner’s Cup champions that it is down the stretch in its Game 1 loss to TnT Katropa on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Kings committed two crucial turnovers inside the final three minutes with the game tied at 89-all which the Katropa turned into precious baskets that gave them a four-point lead as well as momentum going home.

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    Although turnover stats had the reigning champions and top-seeded TNT almost equal at 19-18, the back-to-back errors of import Justine Brownlee and Stanley Pringle hurt Ginebra’s cause.

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    “We didn’t play up to par down the stretch. We gifted them with some turnovers and we were rushing all game long. I just didn’t like we played in terms of tempo,” said Cone following the loss which saw the Kings squander a 72-62 second-half lead.

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      If it’s any consolation, Cone said the series opener was ‘a great game,’ and sees the Kings bouncing back in the best-of-five series like they always do in the playoffs.

      “It’s not a one-game series, it’s a five-game series. Yeah, were down, but this is not foreign territory for us,” he said.

      “We know what it’s like to be down in a series. We would have preferred we won Game 1 for sure,” he said. “We feel good about ourselves and we feel we’re gonna bounce back well in Game 2. We’ll see.”

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