Brgy. Ginebra closed out the elimination round of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 98-96 loss to NorthPort, Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Despite the fact that the Gin Kings are already assured of a top 4 finish and a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals, head coach Tim Cone still felt bad about the non-bearing defeat to the Batang Pier.
“I’ve said this before, a million times — I hate to lose. And I don’t care whether we’re caught playing the Los Angeles Lakers or we’re playing our grandmothers. It doesn’t matter,” explained Cone.
“We wanna come out and play hard and win every game. So it’s always disturbing to lose. And even though this is non-bearing for us, I didn’t like to lose it,” he added.
With the Gin Kings set to face the Grand Slam-chasing San Miguel Beermen on Sunday, November 24, Cone admits that the team still has a lot of work to do especially on the defensive end.
“We still got things to work on going into the playoffs, things we’re not doing well instinctively. Like getting back on defense, communicating defensively. I don’t like where our defense is right now, haven’t for the last three or four games. We’ve gotta get that corrected before we get into the playoffs,” bared Cone.
“Otherwise, we’ll pay the price. So that’s gonna be our focus this week — try and get in and really get down and dirty defensively, and try to improve that area of our game right now,” added the 2-time Grand Slam champion coach.