The Purefoods coach was taking on Kia, helmed by Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao.
"I was just thrilled to shake his hand," said the 18-time PBA champion after leading the Star Hotshots to a hard-earned victory over the Sorento, where Pacquiao serves as playing coach.
Cone marveled at Pacquiao, comparing the fighter to NBA stars such as LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal — athletes that are larger than life....
The two men crossed paths again on Wednesday when Yap's Star Hotshots defeated Pacquiao's Sorento.
After the game, Yap made sure to approach his buddy....
Purefoods Star coach Tim Cone might not be too happy about a mostly lackluster performance from his Grand Slam champion Hotshots, but he did have something to look forward to following their win over Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and his Kia team on Wednesday.
“I’ll be honest, the most important part of the game for me tonight was to be able to shake Manny’s hand after the game. Honestly,” Cone told sportswriters after the game.
“I was just thrilled to shake his hand. That’s what I told him, I was thrilled to shake your hand.”...
While most of the people in attendance were having goosebumps when Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao stepped onto the court to warm up with his uniform on, Purefoods guard Mark Barroca was readying himself for a potential matchup with the popular Kia player-coach.
Barroca said that while he was proud to see the eight-division world champion feted prior to the game, Pacquiao would not have been given any special treatment from the punishing Purefoods defense had he checked into contest.
“Kapag pumasok siya, dedepensahan ko siya,” Barroca said after the game, which resulted in a win for the Hotshots....
‘Hindi ako na-distract kay Manny’: Marc Pingris able to keep focus on game against ‘idol’ Pacquiao’s Kia
Even though his Sorento side was up against one of the most popular teams in the league, the Fighting Congressman from Sarangani drew cheers from the fans, especially when he was called to center court to be feted by PBA commissioner Chito Salud for his victory over Chris Algieri over the weekend.
But though Pacquiao was the center of attention, Purefoods defensive ace Marc Pingris said he was focused on one thing – winning the game....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||5||3||0.625|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||10||6||0.625||5th|