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Cone on Game 6 collapse: Close out games are the hardest

BOCAUE — Ginebra coach Tim Cone minced no words when assessing the dismal showing of his side on the heels of its 98-91 defeat to Meralco in Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday.

“We got off to a bad start, they got off to a great start. We tried to catch up the whole game, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,” he said.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
The Gin Kings found themselves down early, trailing the Bolts by as much as 20 points, 24-44, in the second quarter as Cone desperately tried to wake his wards from their slumber.

The lackluster play from the defending champion aggravated Cone’s frustrations, and he ended up pleading for every call in the first half before ultimately slumping in his chair in disgust.

Though Ginebra strung a better performance in the second half and trimmed the deficit to as low as four, 90-86, in the payoff period, Meralco just had more in its tank as it equalized the series and forced the winner-take-all Game 7.

Author: Randolph B. Leongson, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/270061/cone-game-6-collapse-closing-games-hardest

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