COULD it be the crowd?
Mired in a 0-2 hole in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone has called on the team’s fabled sixth man for support as the league’s most popular ballclub tries to stave off elimination against TnT Katropa.
Cone lamented the lack of crowd support for the Kings, which he pointed out has ‘always been our edge’ over the rest of the field, contributed to the team being down this deep in the best-of-five series.
Hopefully, the Kings’ huge never-say-die fan base will finally be there when Ginebra fights for dear life in Game Three on Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We’re hoping our crowd comes back to give us a huge lift to get us back in the series,” said Cone a day after the Kings absorbed a 107-103 loss in Game Two Tuesday night, where only an estimated crowd of 7,000 to 8,000 showed up.
Game One of the series, which Ginebra also lost, 100-94, drew a bigger attendance of around 11,000.
But outside the crowd factor, Cone acknowledged the Texters had made the big plays and the big shots at crunch time.
“At this point through the first two games, TnT has hit the big shots and the big plays, and we have not,” admitted the multi-titled mentor.
“We’re expecting to turn that around, especially with the help of our fans.”
The Kings indeed, need all the help they can get as a sweep of the next three games of the series is a must for them if they would advance to the conference finals for the third straight time.