Cone braces for tough Meralco in Game 3: ‘They have a lot of punches left’

first_imgHow Trump’s impeachment differs from a criminal trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well tonight, but we played the game in other areas and made it up there,” said coach Tim Cone.The Gin Kings anticipated a huge fightback from the Bolts as they saw themselves down early, 8-17 to start the game. But they put themselves within striking distance as they waited for the right time to strike.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith Meralco holding a 75-69 edge in the final 5:56, that was when Ginebra made its rally, with Japeth Aguilar’s thunderous dunk igniting what would be a deciding 17-1 finishing kick as the Kings came away with the 86-76 Game 2 win.“We took a big punch from them early in the game. We kind of survived that and we were able to kind of make it into a possession-by-possession game. No one really got up in front, then we had a real good closing kick,” Cone said. LATEST STORIES Anti-Trump protests have shrunk. What’s it mean for 2020? MOST READ Pacquiao, manager fuel speculations of potential McGregor fight “Our energy went up in the last three minutes of the game when we tied the basketball game and we just kind of fed off that energy the rest of the way, emotionally. Seeing that the opportunity was there for us to win that game.”The triumph gave the Gin Kings to a 2-0 series lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, two wins away from retaining their title in the season-ending conference.It was an uplifting win given the situation both teams had to go through stemming from Game 1 in Lucena, but Cone knows the Gin Kings have their work cut out for them with a desperate Meralco side fighting for its life on Wednesday.“I think they have a lot of punches left to throw us. This is a real trying game because of the out-of-town experience that we had 48 hours ago. We didn’t get back to Manila until 3 o’ clock in the morning and guys weren’t asleep until 3:30 or 4 a.m,” Cone said.“So it was a real trying weekend for us and for them as well. It just looked like at the end, we just had a little more than they did. Now they got two days to refresh, and I think that extra day in a series is really valuable to the teams,” he added. “They’re gonna come out with full punches in Game 3.“ADVERTISEMENT Mbala locks down Desiderio in DLSU rout of UP Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra’s character was tested on Sunday when a motivated Meralco crew threw everything it had to equalize the series on Sunday.“It was a struggle. [Meralco is] mentally very tough and they’re hard to crack. But I’m just truly happy with our guys, just hanging in there, battling and finding a way,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 3 alleged bet collectors of ‘bookies’ nabbed in Quezon Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Suspected drug pusher falls in Quezon sting View commentslast_img

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