MANILA, Philippines—Positive, nothing has modified for Barangay Ginebra even after a 118-88 blowout by the hands of its sister crew Magnolia on Sunday.
The Gin Kings are nonetheless the defending champions of the Governors’ Cup—winner of 4 of the final 5 editions of the event. And most significantly, they nonetheless have three victories towards only a single defeat.
However Tim Cone wasn’t going to let all that trivia and his teaching pleasure get in the best way of framing the loss as one thing else.
“It simply became a extremely embarrassing evening,” he mentioned on the heels of the fancied duel at Mall of Asia Area in Pasay Metropolis.
“Tonight was actually our first (championship) hangover evening. I imply, we simply didn’t have it. I attempted exhausting, we tried exhausting to get on them at halftime. (The gamers) got here out with somewhat bit of fireside to start out a run, however we simply couldn’t maintain it.”
Save for the primary six minutes of the competition, Ginebra hardly discovered methods to match the enemy’s zest. They wound up dropping in almost each statistical contest of the sport as nicely, aside from second-chance factors and blocks.
The Gin Kings additionally trailed by as many as 31 factors within the recreation.
“I hate to confess this, however we actually have been a drained crew tonight, and you may see it in our physique language [and] our lack of exercise. We simply weren’t getting up and down the ground, we weren’t transferring with out the ball. The ball was transferring slowly tonight, and we have been late on all of our rotations,” Cone mentioned of the loss which pushed the membership to fifth within the race.
“It was an ideal storm: We have been drained, and we performed a crew that was determined and has discovered life with a brand new import, and simply got here out and so they out-physicaled us and out-energized us,” he went on whereas ruing the densely-packed schedule his crew has been on since successful the Commissioner’s Cup.
It might be recalled that Ginebra is likely one of the three professional groups tapped to mortgage its stars to the nationwide crew that might be wrapping up its Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers marketing campaign on February 24 and 27 on the cavernous Philippine Area in Bulacan.
Amongst these standouts is Justin Brownlee, who was held to only 22 factors—additionally probably the most by any Gin King that evening.
“I simply wish to give Magnolia numerous credit score. They performed a terrific recreation. I don’t wish to take something away from their win. They deserved it, they performed exhausting, and had a terrific recreation plan,” he mentioned.
“For us, after all, we’re coming off a championship. We’ve had numerous success and began off 3-0. [But] this loss, you understand, it may be constructive,” he added.
Like Brownlee, Cone additionally noticed a silver lining within the stand.
“It was good to have Christian (Standhardinger) again tonight, and he performed prolonged minutes in order that was very encouraging. LA (Tenorio) performed a little bit of prolonged minutes tonight, too. So, hopefully, we’re getting somewhat bit wholesome as we look forward to Japeth (Aguilar) to return,” he mentioned.
The resident Ginebra import additionally chimed in that the Magnolia loss ought to function a wake-up name for Ginebra because it girds for the heavyweights within the league.
Nonetheless on faucet for the gang darlings are San Miguel Beer, Meralco, Converge, and TNT—all of whom are at the moment within the prime half of the race.
“Hopefully, we are able to collect ourselves from this loss, be taught rather a lot and transfer ahead. Perceive that if we come out and play mediocre [basketball] and never mentally targeted, this might additionally occur not solely towards Magnolia however numerous groups,” Brownlee mentioned.
“We now have to verify we’re able to play all out,” he added.
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