BARANGAY Ginebra was just being aggressive in Game Three of the PBA Governors Cup semifinals against TnT Katropa, which explains the big discrepancy in free throw attempts given to the defending champions.
Coach Tim Cone said there should be no issue to be made out of the officiating in the Kings’ emotional 106-103 win Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum based simply on the number of free throws awarded to the Kings.
In the same manner he didn’t raise hell when the Katropa were given 35 free throws in their 103-96 win in Game Two in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
“We’re the aggressive team tonight. We went to the line a lot because we were the aggressive team,” stressed Cone as he gave his thoughts when asked about the officiating.
“They were the more aggressive team in Game Two. I don’t care what TnT may say, but that’s the way it is.”
The Kings were awarded 43 free throws compared to the 14 of the Katropa. In Game Two, TnT had 35 free throw attempts while Ginebra only had 18.
“You’re the more aggressive team, you go to the free throw line (more),” added the Ginebra mentor.
“I’m happy with the free throws. I was not happy with the Game Two officiating, they we’re beating us, they we’re grabbing and holding Greg and doing such stuff.”
Cone said he expects the same way in Game Four set Sunday when the Kings, leading the Katropa, 2-1, gun for the clincher in the best-of-five series.
“We’ll see what happens in Game Four. To me this is just tit for tat,” he said.
What’s certain, Ginebra will be coming aggressive again the next game.