RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao believes their sweep of Barangay GInebra in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series hardly reflects the success of Tim Cone as coach.
The Elasto Painters erased an early 19-point lead to frustrate the Gin Kings, 88-84, in Game One, before cruising to a 102-89 victory in Game Two of the best-of-three series.
Cone remains the league’s most successful coach with 18 championships under his belt, triple that of Guiao’s six crowns, but has not gone past the quarterfinals in two conferences at Ginebra.
But Guiao, who felt Cone should’ve been ejected in Game One after continuously complaining to the referees after a play late in the game, refused to make it a matchup between him and the legendary coach.
“Tim Cone is in a class by himself,” Guiao said. “I don’t think it’s about me or Tim Cone. It’s just a series.”
Still, with his latest win, Guiao has extended his lead over Cone to 5-3 in their head-to-head matchup in a postseason series, according to the league's chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
Guiao, whose E-Painters reached the Final Four for the ninth straight conference, believes Cone will eventually taste the same success he’s had with Alaska and the Purefoods franchise.
“He’s been successful with all the teams he’s handled,” Guiao said. “I’m sure he’ll be successful with Ginebra. It’s a matter of time.”