Tim Cone hopes to see Barangay Ginebra rediscover its sharp form come Game 3 after a rather disastrous showing on Wednesday in Batangas City.
The Kings opened their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series-opening game with a 27-point beating of the Katropa on Monday.
They used their size and flaunted a choking defense in Game 1. All that, however, was absent in Game 2 with starting slotman Greg Slaughter held down to just 8 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Ginebra also had 19 turnovers as TNT’s swarming defense disrupted the Kings’ plays for much of the game leading to the Katropa’s 103-96 victory.
“TNT was a motivated team in Game 2 and it showed in their play. They beat us in all facets of the game.” Cone said. “We, on the other hand, were very scattered.”
Cone reminded his wards to play “more organized” come Game 3, scheduled this Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Having been into numerous playoff wars, the multi-titled PBA coach said winning Game 3 in a best-of-3 series is a must.
On the other hand, TNT coach Nash Racela said they had no doubt that the Katropa are capable of beating the Kings despite their size advantage.
“We’ve always believed that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes really a lot of focus and a lot of effort,” said Racela.
Racela can thank import Glen Rice, Jr. and Jayson Castro for spearheading TNT’s audacious Game 2 win.
Rice, who was saddled with four fouls at the start of the second half, erupted for 12 of his 21 points in the final period, while Castro registered double-double numbers of 20 points and 10 assists to lead the Katropa to the series-tying win.
But that’s just 1 game, said Racela.
“It’s a blessing that we hit from the outside but it was really hard to beat Ginebra and I know coach Tim will get something from this (loss),” said Racela.
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