GINEBRA is still out of the quarterfinal place, but the Kings are actually eyeing a top six spot and coach Tim Cone is pretty confident they can make the big leap.
“We can get to that top six still believe it or not in spite of the problems that we had. That’s our goal,” Cone said.
The Kings are in ninth spot with a 3-5 win-loss record and are fighting to climb to No. 6 and avoid tough matchups in the quarterfinals.
The teams that finish seventh or eighth face the twice-to-beat top two seeds. Clubs in the No. 6 and 7 spots, meanwhile, have a better chance in a best-of-three showdown with the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.
“We still have three more really tough games that we have to get all of them,” Cone added.
Ginebra beat Magnolia on Sunday to move within a half game of Columbian.
The Kings take on Dyip on Wednesday, second-running Alaska on Sunday and GlobalPort next Friday.
Cone said the Kings are playing much better, having overcame the early challenges of the conference.
“We are feeling a lot better. We know what we want to do defensively. We are such a flux before because we had two different imports and we had injuries. We just couldn’t get right or settled. We felt that we are that way (settled) now,” said Cone.
Ginebra has also added Jeff Chan to its roster, counting on the veteran shooter to spread the floor and free up the bigs.
“We really played a really good game against NLEX, we had a must-win against NLEX to get us going and another must-win tonight. We played our best game in the conference. We have to play our best game of the conference in our next game too, and after that, and after that, because basically, we are in playoff mode,” said Cone.
“We have no margin for error. We have to find ways to win. We feel that if we can find a way to win out, if we have tough guys in our schedule, then we can get to that top six still believe it or not in spite of the problems that we had. That’s our goal,” Cone said.