IT seemed Purefoods came off the wrong end of a blowout decision judging by the facial expression of coach Tim Cone when he entered the PBA press room for the customary post-game press conference on Friday night.
The multi-titled American appeared in no mood to celebrate even after the defending champions outclassed the Alaska Aces, 120-86, in Game One of their best-of-three Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I’d be real happy right now if this was Game Two,” he said. “We can’t be happy about this one. We just got to stay focused and come back with a similar effort (in Game Two).”
Still, there was an abundance of reasons to smile about as the Hotshots buried 46 of their 75 shots for an astounding league season-high 61 percent from the field, on the way to winning with a 34-point margin.
But Cone was hardly thrilled the Hotshots’ achievement.
“In the playoffs, a one-point win is the same as a thirty-point win…so either way, this doesn’t mean much unless we come back and be able to beat them on Sunday.”
“Actually we wished the game hadn’t gone like that because you didn’t want to give that much motivation to Alaska,” he added.