MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra squandered at seizing management of its PBA Governors’ Cup championship sequence with Meralco Sunday night time at Mall of Asia Arena—a botched job coach Tim Cone believes the Gin Kings’ undoing.
“We panicked down the stretch,” he advised reporters with a protracted face on his method out of the bayside venue in Pasay City.
“We panicked down the stretch and we didn’t, obviously, hit shots. We were going for hero ball shots and [instead of] trying to get good shots,” he added.
Ginebra had a 48-40 benefit over their opponents by the halftime break. But confronted with an unrelenting Meralco protection within the subsequent two quarters, the Gin Kings sputtered, settling for his or her lowest scoring output in these playoffs.
“We got a little bit selfish. We weren’t moving the ball,” Cone rued.
LA Tenorio, the membership’s skipper, echoed his mentor’s sentiments. Perplexed by what might’ve been a neat token to a PBA file 16,104 followers in attendance, he mentioned he would undergo the tape the soonest to determine what went improper for the defending champions.
“I don’t know what to tell you guys,” Tenorio mentioned. “We really have to check the tape. Definitely, we were overeager towards the end. We hurried shots, forced shots. If we weren’t forcing our shots, we were taking them with the shot clock already winding down.”
“We really have to figure out what (Meralco) did to us,” he added.
Justin Brownlee, who once more led the way in which for Ginebra with a do-it-all outing of 19 factors, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and 6 blocks, additionally felt that the Gin Kings shot themselves within the foot with their newest efficiency.
“I felt like this one is more so on us, you know like I’ve said give a lot of credit to Meralco, but I really feel like tonight, we kind of beat ourselves, you know, not making free throws, we didn’t hit the shots that we normally make,” he mentioned.
Perhaps the resident import mentioned it finest. The Gin Kings had been actually laughable on the offensive finish. They hit solely 4 of their 32 tries from deep that night time and had been solely 63 % from the charity stripe in comparison with the Bolts’ staggering 92.9.
But nothing might’ve been extra of an correct illustration of their issues than their dry spell midway by the ultimate interval.
Ginebra was held to only three factors proper after Meralco import Tony Bishop Jr.’s slam dunk that opened up issues for the Bolts, 75-71 with 6:22 left to play.
“A lot of credit goes to Meralco, but I feel like this one is on us tonight,” Brownlee mentioned.
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