MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings bounced back from a heartbreaking defeat in their previous game with a stellar victory against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 101-87, at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.
The Gin Kings were coming off a sorry double-overtime loss to sister team San Miguel last Sunday, and vented their ire on the Elasto Painters.
"It was a tough one," Ginebra coach Tim Cone after the game. "Nothing comes easy with Rain or Shine, and we had to battle all the way through."
"After playing San Miguel in that tough game, and coming back to beat Rain or Shine, it's a good indication that we're getting closer to where we want to be," he added....
MANILA, Philippines – On a night wherein Virgilio "Baby" Dalupan – arguably the greatest coach in the history of the PBA – was honored, the man who broke his longstanding record of championships paid tribute in the best way possible – by winning.
Tim Cone saw Dalupan's genius firsthand when "The Maestro" coached Purefoods to a hard-fought victory over Alaska in the Finals of the 1990 Third Conference. Cone's Alaska took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Finals series but Dalupan and Purefoods swept the next three games to deliver Dalupan's 15th PBA championship.
Thirteen years later, Cone tied his record by coaching Purefoods to the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup title and in February 2014, Cone surpassed Dalupan when he won his 16th title with Purefoods in the 2014 All-Filipino Cup....
Philippine sports mourned the passing of Dalupan and Cone was one of those who expressed grief to the one, who, like most refer to as the country’s greatest coach.
“I’m truly hoping we can honor Coach Baby’s passing with a win tomorrow. #GOAT,” Cone posted on his Twitter account on the eve of Ginebra’s duel against Rain or Shine at Araneta Coliseum....
The league’s most popular team is starting to find its rhythm as a defensive-oriented team with Japeth Aguilar emerging as one of its most important players.
Aguilar, the athletic 6-foot-9 forward, has filled in admirably in the absence of teammate Greg Slaughter, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury....
MANILA, Philippines – The Barangay Ginebra Kings mostly kept a positive mindset even after seeing their three-game winning streak in the 2016 PBA Governors Cup snapped in heartbreaking fashion by sister team San Miguel on Sunday.
Ginebra faltered at the start and eventually trailed by as much as 24 points in the third quarter, before slowly but surely worked their way back. The Gin Kings managed to force not one, but two extensions, only to fade down the stretch of the second overtime period.
The loss dropped Ginebra to 4-2 in the conference, still good for fourth place but within reach of teams like Rain or Shine and Meralco....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||5||2||0.714|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||8||5||0.615||5th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|