BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone hopes his players won’t be satisfied by just winning a hard-fought game on Wednesday.
Ginebra staved off elimination, at least for now, after the Kings defeated Magnolia, 107-103, to force a Game Four on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Cone, however, made it clear the series is far from over as he is out to win the series against the Hotshots despite a 0-2 hole entering Wednesday’s match.
“We are happy to be alive and kicking,” Cone said. “But that’s not we are here for. If we are just going to win one game so we can take pride in that, that’s pogi points."
“We are here to win the series. I just hope the guys understand that and don’t rest on our laurels that they were able to pull out one game. We have to keep moving forward,” Cone said.
Following the Game Three win that saw Justin Brownlee score 46 points, Cone now believes the Kings have what it takes to force a knockout match for a finals berth.
“They beat us twice, we feel we can beat them twice,” Cone said. “We look at the jumpball at Game Five and go from there. That’s kinda our attitude at this point. We were able to sneak this one out. I’m not sure how. It certainly wasn’t great coaching. It was great plays by our guys. Hopefully, I can be a little bit more effective for them for our guys on Friday.”
Cone paid tribute to his players for turning things around in the second half following a first half that saw the Kings trail by as many as 19 points.
“It certainly looked bleak at halftime. We weren’t playing well at all. I think we were a little bit gigil. We certainly didn’t invent the NSD (never-say-die). That was a long time ago to Sonny Jaworski and that great group in those days. But we are proud to represent the NSD,” Cone said.
“At halftime, it didn’t look like we are going to be able to live up to that monicker but somehow we did. Giving the players an incredible amount of credit. We were so gigil in the early part of the first half. Everybody was trying so hard to do it on their own. Scottie (Thompson), LA (Tenorio), Justin (Brownlee) even. They were doing it on their own,” Cone said.