One championship down, more to come.
That’s the harsh reality that other PBA teams will now face after Ginebra shed eight years of futility to finally win a PBA crown.
Coach Tim Cone, who has established championship runs in every franchise he has coached, now hopes to do the same for the Kings after Wednesday night’s 91-88 conquest of Meralco for the Governors’ Cup.
MANILA, Philippines – To be back as champion and effectively end a long eight-year title drought was not the be-all and end-all of Barangay Ginebra’s quest.
The Gin Kings want to join the league of the Crispa Redmanizers, the Toyota Tamaraws, the Great Taste Coffee Makers, the Alaska Milk Aces, the San Mig Coffee Mixers and the TNT Texters with their own dynastic PBA reign.
The Gin Kings’ desire and longing to win a championship wasn’t quenched by that incredible title run punctuated by Justin Brownlee’s amazing buzzer-beating three-pointer at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
There was something missing after Barangay Ginebra’s PBA Governors’ Cup title win against Meralco on Wednesday night.
The balloon drop has somewhat become a tradition in every championship win in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
But after Justin Brownlee’s game-winning triple that ended the Gin Kings’ 8-year title drought, not a single balloon fell from the ceiling of the Araneta Coliseum.
Even Robert “Sonny” Jaworski sees a bright future ahead of Barangay Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson.
Jaworski, Philippine basketball legend, was in attendance to watch his former team clinch the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup championship on Wednesday night.
The 70-year-old Jaworski also got to see Thompson in the flesh and he had nothing but praise for the 23-year-old guard and the Gin Kings squad.
MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio gave full credit to his teammates after they won the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup championship – the team's first PBA crown in eight years.
Tenorio earned Finals MVP honors after averaging 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in the best-of-seven series.
Though other players had their shining moments – notably import Justin Brownlee, rookie Scottie Thompson, and the "Fast and Furious" pair of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand – there was no doubt that Tenorio was the most consistent player for the team, and a stabilizing factor for the Gin Kings.
To fully grasp Tim Cone’s greatness, one has to start at how he shrugs off the label. It has never been about him, he will say. He dismissed credit when he won his first title in the Philippine Basketball Association. He did the same thing again Wednesday night—repeatedly—eighteen championships later.
“Sometimes players overcome bad coaching,” Cone said. “I wasn’t a great coach tonight.”
The deadpan tone that contrasted the celebration that refused to die down on the Big Dome floor was all too familiar. As truthful as he sounded, his latest conquest begs a revisiting of that self-deprecating nonchalance.
Allen Durham thought for a second that his shot in the final seconds had found the bottom of the net.
As he landed on his feet at the baseline after going up for the shot with Japeth Aguilar on his way, he heard cheers.
Turns out, the jubilation wasn’t meant for the Bolts.