Tim Cone takes all the blame for Brgy. Ginebra’s failure to defend Philippine Cup crown

Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel head coach Tim Cone is taking all the blame after the defending champion’s subpar performance in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup.

The 2-time PBA Grand Slam-winning mentor feels the embarrassment after failing to defend the All-Filipino crown, citing that they did not live up to the Ginebra legacy. He promised on his Twitter post that this will never happen again, not under his watch.

“I can’t find the words to express our sorrow and embarrassment over our performance in the bubble. We didn’t live up to the Ginebra legacy, and that was totally my fault. I apologize to the Ginebra nation. All I can say is that it won’t happen again as long as I am the coach,” wrote the 63-year old bench tactician.

Brgy. Ginebra ended the elimination round with a 4-7 win-loss card and was able to beat Phoenix Super LPG in a play-in match to get the final slot in the quarterfinals against top-seeded TNT. The Gin Kings and the Tropang Giga were locked in a close match until the crowd darlings ran out of gas and eventually bowed to the mighty Chot Reyes-mentored squad and out of contention in the league’s most prestigious tourney.

Japeth Aguilar sat out the team’s final match due to a sprained MCL while Scottie Thompson did not see action as well due to health protocols. Forward Aljon Mariano, meanwhile, suffered a leg injury in the first half and never returned.

Prior to the league’s 46th season, the Gin Kings bagged the Governors’ Cup crown in 2019, their 4th title in the season-ending conference for the last 5 years and then followed it up with a triumphant performance in the 2020 Philippine Cup which was held under a full bubble setup in Clark, Pampanga.

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