Tim Cone’s vow to Ginebra fans in Game 5: We will make you proud

Ginebra head coach Tim Cone vows to “make the fans proud”, just a day after the league’s most popular ball club got clobbered by 29 points by the San Miguel Beermen in front of over 22,000 screaming fans.

Cone turned to his official Twitter account on Monday morning to apologize to the Ginebra’s legion of supporters for a subpar performance on Sunday.

“Such a beautiful crowd last night (Sunday), yet we fell flat on our faces. We’re so sorry to let the fans down. They were great even if we were not,” Cone posted on his official Twitter account @manilacone.

Playing in front of 22,196 strong fans, the second biggest crowd to watch a PBA game this season after Game 7 of the Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel and Alaska, the Gin Kings failed to close out the Beermen and finally return to the championship round since 2013.

Not only did the thousand of Ginebra supporters watch their team lose, they had to endure watching the Beermen beat the Kings through their relentless running game and hot shooting from the outside.

The all-time PBA winning coach though promised to bounce back strong in the sudden death semifinal match set on Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We will pick ourselves up and fight for the fans in Game 5. We will make you proud,” he added. – Jason Mercene

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