Ginebra tests mettle of souped-up GlobalPort in Sunday clash

Coming off another long break, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone hopes the Kings could use their game against GlobalPort as an opportunity to gain some momentum when they collide in the main game of the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Cone’s charges finally chalked up their first victory after turning back Rain or Shine, 81-74 after opening the conference with a loss to TNT.

“We’re still looking for our game this early in the conference,” said Cone, whose team clashes with GlobalPort (2-1) at 6:45 p.m. ”We have yet to catch a rhythm, and we’re hoping we can start to step it up as we go up against GlobalPort.”

The Kings have addressed on their three-point shooting the past days, especially since they went 0-of-14 from that area in their 7-point win against the Elasto Painters.

However, Cone isn’t worried about his team’s offense. Instead, he has time and time again emphasized how important it is for the Kings to zero in on playing team defense, especially against the Batang Pier, whose backcourt duo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle will get plenty of help due to the presence of offseason acquisitions JR Quinahan and fellow veterans Mick Pennisi and Mike Cortez.

“They are tough, and except for the last six or so minutes of their Alaska game, they have pretty much dominated their opponents so far this conference,” said Cone. “We certainly have our work cut out for us.” 

GlobalPort look to bounce back after its 95-84 setback to Alaska recently. — Jason Mercene

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