Cone wary of Kia, expects ‘tough days’ ahead for Ginebra

Despite Barangay Ginebra’s dominating win over GlobalPort on Sunday, coach Tim Cone admits the Kings are expecting tough days ahead as they continue adjusting with the return of slotman Greg Slaughter from a knee injury.

The Kings barged into the win column after plastering the Batang Pier, 124-108, certainly a strong bounce back game since opening the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 93-78 loss to Meralco.

Although Ginebra will be tangling with Kia, which has yet to win in three starts, Cone considers the Picanto a dangerous bunch.

“We’re gonna have tougher games coming up,” said Cone, obviously referring to Kia, which Ginebra faces on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Picanto dropped their first three games—losing to the Phoenix Fuel Masters, surprise leader NLEX Road Warriors and TNT Katropa last week—but in each of those matches, Kia came out strong in the final period before fading down the stretch.

Talent-wise though, Ginebra is head and shoulders above Kia.

Slaughter’s return to the Ginebra squad has been seamless as evidenced by his double-double stats line of 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds, to go along with 1.5 assists in his first 2 games this conference.

Add to that veteran playmaker LA Tenorio, who banged in 29 points, spiked by 5 three-point shots in their win against GlobalPort.

Import Justin Brownlee is also playing well as usual, while veterans Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Sol Mercado and rookie Scottie Thompson are all capable of delivering the goods.

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