IT’S urgent for Barangay Ginebra to kick the bad habit of a slow start if it is to dethrone San Miguel as PBA Governors Cup champion.
For the second straight game, the Kings came out flat and this time paid dearly as the Beermen were able to escape with a 95-92 victory and level at one-game apiece their best-of-five series.
Coach Tim Cone is left puzzled by the team’s penchant for playing catch-up against a talented team like San Miguel. It worked for the Kings in the series opener, but not on Wednesday night when import Justin Brownlee’s potential game-tying three-pointer fell short at the buzzer.
“Obviously, we’re not figuring out what the problem is on why we’re starting slow, or what they are specifically doing to get themselves going,” said Cone in the post-game interview.
“We’ll just keep on looking at it, try to figure it out, and hope to do better.”
Although Cone is hardly bothered by it given the Kings were able to come back each time, he still prefers that the team gets to control the game right away.
“It’s a concern, but it’s not a huge concern when we fall behind,” he said. “In fact the team plays better when it falls behind because of the crowd.”
The most accomplished coach in league history would like to believe the Kings slackened a bit from the start coming off their 115-108 win over the Beermen in Game One.
“I just don’t think we have a real good focus today. Guys have to learn how to come out with a better focus coming after a win,” he stressed.
So fresh from a loss, he expects a better start for the league’s most popular ballclub when Game Three is played Friday also at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I’m sure were gonna be much better focused on Friday after losing,” he said. "It’s kind of easy and get back after you lose. It’s a little bit harder after you win. It’s something we still have to learn as a group.”