MANILA, Philippines—Sure, nothing has changed for Barangay Ginebra even after a 118-88 loss to sister team Magnolia on Sunday.
Gin Kings remains the reigning Governors’ Cup champion—winner of four of the tournament’s five most recent editions. And most importantly, they are still having 3 wins with only 1 defeat.
But Tim Cone won’t let all that trifle and his pride in coaching get in the way of seeing the loss as something else.
“It just turned into a really embarrassing night,” he said after the legendary duel at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Tonight was really our first (championship) hangover night. I mean, we don’t have it. I tried my best, we tried our best to get past them during halftime. (The players) had a bit of blood to start a run, but we couldn’t sustain it.”
Saving the first six minutes of the competition, Ginebra barely found a way to match the enemy’s zest. They also lose in almost every statistical contest of the game, with the exception of points and second-chance blocks.
Gin Kings also leads by 31 points in the game.
“I hate to admit it, but we were a really tired team tonight, and you can see that in our body language. [and] our lack of activity. We don’t go up and down the floor, we don’t move without the ball. The ball was moving slow tonight, and we were late on all of our turns,” Cone said of the loss that sent the club down to fifth place in the race.
“It was a perfect storm: We were tired, and we were playing against a team that was desperate and found life with a new opponent, and by the time they got on the field they were exhausted and exhausted. drains us of energy,” he continued while blaming us. the hectic schedule his team has taken on since winning the Commissioner’s Cup.
It can be recalled that Ginebra is one of only three professional teams to lend their stars to the national team that will wrap up the Fiba World Cup Asia Qualifier campaign on February 24 and 27 at the Gymnasium. Philippines in Bulacan.
Among those standing out was Justin Brownlee, who held only 22 points — also the highest score of any Gin King that night.
“I just want to give Magnolia a lot of praise. They played a great game. I don’t want to take anything from their victory. They deserved it, they played hard and had a great game plan,” he said.
“For us, of course, we are going to win the championship. We had a lot of success and started 3-0. [But] This loss, you know, it can be positive,” he added.
Like Brownlee, Cone also sees a silver lining on the stand.
“It’s good to have Christian (Standhardinger) back tonight, and he’s been playing for many minutes so that’s very encouraging. LA (Tenorio) also played a little longer tonight. So hopefully we’re getting a little better as we wait for Japeth (Aguilar) to come back,” he said.
The resident’s import of Ginebra also suggested that the Magnolia loss would be a wake-up call for Ginebra as it backs the heavyweights in the league.
Still available for crowd favorites are San Miguel Beer, Meralco, Converge and TNT—all in the top half of the race.
“Hopefully we can pick ourselves up from this loss, learn a lot and move forward. Please understand that if we go out and play mediocre games [basketball] and not being mentally focused, which can happen not just to Magnolia but to a lot of teams,” Brownlee said.
“We have to make sure we’re willing to play hard,” he added.
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