Cone rues Ginebra’s poor preseason start

If their first tune-up game in preparation for the Philippine Cup has any indication, Ginebra is far from their championship form.

Playing their first competitive game since their successful conquest of the Governors’ Cup, Ginebra dropped a 100-103 setback at the hands of a young Blackwater squad infront of a Batangueno crowd on Sunday.

Head coach Tim Cone was not impressed at all on how the Gin Kings kickstarted their buildup to make a case in the all-Filipino joust.

“I wasn’t impressed by our play against Blackwater. (But) I’ll give our guys a pass at this point because we’ve only had a couple of days of practice,” said Cone in a text message after the game.

Now, the clock ticks for the crowd favorites to get their heads back in the game with only one week remaining before the start of the 42nd season.

“Still, we’re a long way from where we need to be, and only have a short time to get there. We’ll definitely need to step it up,” he said.

Ginebra is scheduled for an off on Monday before plunging back to a twice-a-day practice until November 20. – By Jason Mercene