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    Austria called Game 1 loss humiliating. Cone feels the same after Game 2

    Jul 30, 2018
    Tim Cone warned the Kings about an SMB fightback but his wards could not hold the champs off.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    IT was a sudden reversal for coach Tim Cone, and he’s feeling the same way Leo Austria did just two nights before.

    “I think he used the word 'humiliating,'” Cone said. “I felt the same way today.”

    The Kings were routed by the Beermen and the series is tied at one game apiece.

    “Nice bawi from San Miguel. They came back at us,” Cone said.

    Game One was won by Ginebra by 28 but San Miguel quickly bounced back and showed why the Beermen are the champions of the league in three of the last four conferences.

    Cone rued the turnovers Ginebra committed early — nine in the first period.

    “We were trying to disrupt their game plan, but we kinda fell right into it. It wasn’t the way we started, it was just the fact that we made several turnovers early. Nine turnovers in the first quarter. Justin had three in his first possessions. It all turned into transition points and easy baskets. It kinda mushroomed from there,” said Cone.

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      The winningest PBA coach believes his team wasn’t totally convinced San Miguel will be coming out with such a dominant start.

      “They came out and it’s funny, we talked about it. We talked about how the tables, how they can turn the table at us and come back and do the same thing as we did to them in Game One.

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      “We talked about it but I don’t think we really believed they could. They did. So now, we know. This team, they are who they are for a reason. And they kinda sent that message to us, strong and clear,” said Cone.

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      Tim Cone warned the Kings about an SMB fightback but his wards could not hold the champs off.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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