MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra may have room to develop, believes coach Tim Cone, after the Gin Kings give up their maintain of the PBA Governors’ Cup to new champion TNT on Friday.
Whereas Cone and his Kings couldn’t prolong their reign on the season-ending Governors’ Cup to a few straight years, the truth that the core of the staff is brimming with potential served as a silver lining for the multi-titled mentor.
“We’d have beloved to win this one nevertheless it wasn’t meant to be however we nonetheless have [room for] progress on this staff,” stated Cone after the Gin Kings’ 97-93 defeat to TNT at Araneta Coliseum.
“Jamie (Malonzo) and Miah (Grey) are nonetheless rising. Christian (Standhardinger) had an awesome convention, Justin (Brownlee) was Justin and Scottie (Thompson) was Scottie.”
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In his final recreation of the season, Malonzo gave it his all and performed for almost 44 minutes on the court docket, leading to 21 factors, six rebounds, two assists and a block.
Standhardinger, like his common Finest Participant of the Convention self, flirted with a triple-double of 16 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists. Brownlee additionally positively bounced again from meals poisoning with a double-double of 29 markers and 12 boards.
Thompson additionally impacted all ends of the ground with 20 factors, eight rebounds and 9 dimes.
Grey, nevertheless, solely completed with 4 markers on an abysmal 20 % capturing clip from the sector, sinking solely two of his 10 tries. The candy shooter additionally had a forgettable Recreation 5 with 10 factors, constructed on solely 4 made baskets after 11 makes an attempt.
Regardless of the Fil-Am’s capturing woes, although, Cone assured that his quest for the offseason is to maintain the core intact.
The primary order of enterprise, because it appears for Cone, is Malonzo’s expiring contract.
“We’re going to attempt to hold this staff intact as potential. I feel Jamie is the one one with the expiring contract. Hopefully, we hold the core intact shifting ahead.”
The offseason, nevertheless, remains to be fairly plenty of months away because the league provides manner for the Gilas Pilipinas marketing campaign within the Southeast Asian Video games in Cambodia and the Fiba World Cup hosted by the nation.
For now, Cone will collect his Gilas cohorts from Ginebra and go to work. In any case, there isn’t a relaxation for the weary.
“Within the meantime, [it’s] again to work for me, Scottie, Jamie, Justin and Japeth if he continues to get higher. [We’ll be] again to work for Gilas. No relaxation for the weary, simply hold shifting ahead.”
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