Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone was a picture of frustration after the Gin Kings were demolished by the streaking Meralco Bolts, 101-77, Sunday night in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
The loss snapped the crowd darlings’ 4-game winning streak and dropped the 2017 Governors’ Cup titlists to 5-3, good for a share of 4th place in the team standings with sister team San Miguel.
“We just didn’t do it tonight, so you wonder if we have the trust necessary to go out and win a championship. At this point and after this performance, I don’t think so,” said Cone shortly after the lopsided loss.
“Not much to say, really. They beat us up black and blue and they beat us in all phases of the game tonight. We came into the game playing on our reputation and didn’t put the work in. And you don’t put the work in, these are the kind of results you have,” added the 2-time Grand Slam-winning mentor.
The Bolts jumped the gun on their unsuspecting opponents and established a 12-point advantage, 26-14, after the opening round. The Norman Black-coached squad continued to pounce on the lethargic Gin Kings in the succeeding quarters and opened up a 28-point edge 8 minutes into the 3rd period and cruised all the way to the one-sided victory.
“Hopefully our team learns a lesson. This is a big game in terms of standings. This one could have been the one that can kind of slide us into the top four and now it’s going to be a battle for us. Just a terrible overall performance,” said Cone.