FOR someone as eloquent and outspoken as Tim Cone, the Barangay Ginebra coach had little to say on Sunday night.
The 61-year-old mentor offered no excuses after the Kings’ 88-71 loss to TnT Katropa in Game Two of their best-of-five semifinals series that put the defending champions on the verge of elimination in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
For Cone, the 17-point drubbing was a simple case of one team playing good and the other playing bad.
“We played terrible and they played great. I don’t have anything to say,” said Cone, who was the last to emerge from the dugout along with his coaching staff, a rarity in a Barangay Ginebra loss.
“Just a bad game. They (Katropa) played well, they got the lead. We’ll see what we can do.”
The do-or-die Game 3 for the Kings is set on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Statistical-wise, the Kings we’re not badly dominated by the Katropa except in three-point shooting.
The reigning champions limped home by going 21.7 percent from three-point range (5-of-23) while the Katropa torched the nets at the Smart Araneta Coliseum by going 16-of-44 (36 percent from beyond the arc).
Import Justine Brownlee struggled from that area by shooting 1-of-6, ditto with Scottie Thompson (1-of-5), and Stanley Pringle (0-of-4).
The Ginebra bigs also failed to do their job controlling the boards as TnT outrebounded them, 47-39, with Brownlee the only player to finish in double figures in rebounds with 13.
“Back to the drawing board in Game 3. That’s it. It’s all that I’ve got,” said Cone as he hurriedly made his way to the exit of the Big Dome.