Barangay Ginebra went to court last Sunday night at the Yanares Center in Antipolo City knowing that it was not in the form of a perfect fight, and the result was the 85-82 PBA Philippine Cup debut against the Blackwater side which is working on its own. Gaining respect
Just a few months away from winning the Governors Cup, Jean Kings was obviously one step slower and needed a big endgame to get it out of the fire and avoid being the second victim of a bossing crash.
“When you’re not in shape, you can’t do much to win,” said Genebra coach Tim Shanku. “You can’t maintain your strength, your defenses. You are slowly returning to crime. You don’t box out when you’re tired.
“It all happened when you were tired and it happened to us, especially in the third trimester,” he continued. “I thought we hit a wall. We were playing very, very tired.
Thanks to a trio of Christian Standhardinger, Japeth Aguilar and newly merged Most Valuable Player Scotty Thompson, Kings still went down that wall.
“As coach Hadley said, we really need to get in shape because every team out there is looking tough,” Thompson said.
“And I think we’re already behind. We’re trying to catch up when it comes to the size of our game. “
Just four nights ago, defending champions TNT, 85-78, have been preparing for a much longer period of time than any other team on the field, and have shown it against the Kings.
And Cone had seen it before.
“Just watching them in the video, they’re playing really, really good basketball,” Shanku said. “It simply came to our notice then. We knew we had to fight, it was harder than we thought. “
Aguilar finished with 15 points, including the go-ahead basket just outside the shaded lane. Standhardinger led by 21 points, with Thompson having an assist short over triple-double after 14 points and 16 rebounds.
“We need to find a way out in these two weeks to get it back to tip-top shape. We’re not there yet – or anywhere near, “said Shanku.
The word cone may sound more like a warning to the field than a concern for the team, especially if the returning Stanley Pringle comes close to 100 percent.
“[Stanley is] Just working on its shape. In the fourth trimester he was really sucking for the wind and you can see it, ”Cone said of the Spitfire guard who chipped in at nine points. But he is our best option. Even though he is tired, he is still the best player there so we went with him. “
“If he can keep his shape, he’s going to be an influential player there. Usually. “
And if all goes according to the conception of the cone, the kings will be ready for a deep run.
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