HIS voice could hardly be heard, but it was no question that Tim Cone got his message across to his players during practice on Monday at Ronac Gym in San Juan.
The San Mig Coffee coach lost his voice a day after the Mixers lost to Rain or Shine, 74-81, in Game Five of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals that allowed Rain or Shine to stay alive in the best-of-seven series.
But there was no doubt that the multi-titled American mentor was able to convey to each of the players the urgency of winning Game Six on Wednesday when the Mixers try to close out the series anew.
“Kahit medyo paos, he was really trying very hard,” Mixers assistant coach Richard del Rosario told Spin.ph referring to Cone, the 15-time champion who is eyeing history as the most-titled coach in league history.
“Kung may gusto siyang sabihin, sinasabi niya lang sa amin tapos kami yung nag-re-relay,” the affable mentor added. “Pero mostly siya pa rin naman (ang nag-conduct).”
The weary Mixers spent most of their two-hour practice in the viewing room to see what went wrong in Game Five before they took the court for a few tweaks to their game plan in a light training on Monday.
“Panibagong adjustment ulit yung ginawa namin sa practice kasi ang dami naming error sa depensa,” star forward Marc Pingris said.
Although the players remained upbeat, the mood was silent in the latter part of practice as the whole SMC staff proceeded to the wake of former PBA player, coach, and official Ely Capacio.