Barangay Ginebra’s back-to-back triumphs over champion rivals followed by a grind-out victory against a gritty opponent came to coach Tim Cone’s liking.
It suited Cone’s taste, saying these games would prepare them for bigger battles in the home stretch of the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations and in their bid to get deep to the playoffs.
The Gin Kings faced a tough, tough battle versus the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, needing a strong finishing kick to carve out a 98-89 victory at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.
Justin Brownlee, Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle conspired to give the Kings a killer 9-0 windup as Ginebra made it three in a row and thus caught up with the Meralco Bolts at fourth place at 4-2.
Failing to sustain the momentum of a big third-quarter salvo that allowed them to lead by as many as eight points, the E-Painters fell to 2-6.