Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone marked his 62nd birthday with a very disappointing 34-point loss to a determined NorthPort crew in Game 1 of their best-of-five series, Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings were behind by just a manageable 10 points going into the final frame when the Batang Pier completely outplayed the 2017 Governors’ Cup titlists by scattering 46 points while only giving up 22 to take the semis opener with plenty to spare.
Gin Kings chief playmaker LA Tenorio knows fully well that the squad let their mentor down big time with that ’embarrassing’ loss.
“Oo nga, hindi namin nabigyan ng magandang regalo,” said the 35-year old native of Nasugbu Batangas. “Sa Monday na lang, made-delay yung regalo.”
The 13-year PBA veteran readily admitted that they played careless and without a sense of urgency.
“Relax kami masyado. Hindi namin ini-expect that they will come out really hard on us,” said Tenorio.
“We started flat and from there, we gave them the confidence na nandoon naman sa kanila. Hindi namin na-break yun kasi malaking bagay yung ginawa nila beating the no.1 team,” he added.
Tenorio is hoping that the team has learned its lesson in Game 1 to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole.
“Kita naman natin sa game every shot na tinira nila, they make it. Kahit saang position nakaka-shoot sila. And yun ang kailangan namin tanggalin from the start and we didn’t do that.”