Barangay Ginebra stands getting ready to one more profitable title protection of the PBA Governors’ Cup.
But coach Tim Cone is aware of all too nicely how perilous the approaching days are going to be for his Gin Kings.
“We know that trying to beat a good team like this three times in a row is nearly impossible,” he stated on the heels of a 115-110 Game 5 victory over Meralco on Sunday night time at Smart Araneta Coliseum, the place Ginebra took a 3-2 lead of their best-of-seven sequence after a second consecutive win.
“When I look at it, it’s still very, very far away. It seems like it’s close, but it’s still very far away. We were in this situation [before] and they forced us into a Game 7.”
The adorned mentor was referring to Ginebra and Meralco’s duel again in 2017, the place the 2 golf equipment figured in a no-tomorrow conflict on the large Philippine Arena in Bulacan earlier than a league-record 54,068 followers.
There, the Gin Kings fended off the Bolts behind eventual Finals Most Valuable Player LA Tenorio to repeat within the season-ending showcase.
Cone’s cautious optimism additionally stems from being in an all-too acquainted place many instances over. Being in 35 championship duels, and successful 23 titles that embrace a pair of Triple Crown sweeps has made Cone, if something, an skilled at navigating conditions like this.
“The danger is, from a coaching standpoint—and even from the players’ standpoint—is that you start thinking about the result of the game. What’s going to happen after the game rather than staying in the moment or before the game,” he stated.
“You start thinking about being a champion, or what you’re going to do after that. It’s really hard not to think that way if you’re this close,” he went on.
“It’s so easy to look beyond. I know. I find myself in there … all the time,” Cone added.
The key now for Ginebra is to remain within the current—and with a few days’ value of relaxation till the subsequent contest the place a succesful and vengeful Meralco facet awaits—and be ready to battle.
“You really gotta battle yourself to stay in front of the game,” Cone stated.
“We’re not thinking of one game to go, we’re just thinking about what’s the process to be able to get to that next win.” INQ
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