Cone holds 1-on-1 talks with Brownlee, Mercado, stresses importance of being in sync

A day after Ginebra dropped a 107-103 decision to Meralco to trail the title series, 2-1, coach Tim Cone took the time to hold one-on-one talks with import Justin Brownlee and spitfire guard Sol Mercado in practice.

Brownlee tossed in 42 points, but admitted overshooting in the team’s Game 3 loss as evident by his 38 attempts.

On the other hand, the stocky Mercado struggled to contribute after running into early trouble. He eventually fouled out late in the last period.

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Cone said heading into Game 4, the American coach stressed to his two key players the importance of being in the same page.

“I always done one-on-one talks, it’s been my MO (method of operation). Especially in this series.  I just want to make sure we are on the same page,” said Cone after their Thursday afternoon practice at the Upper Deck gym.

“I make sure they understand on doing the right things, sometimes its about the things we need to focus on,” he added.

The winningest mentor in the league believes the Kings are playing out of character, particularly in Game 3 after allowing the Bolts to out gun them.

“I think we need to get back to that, we need to be defensively oriented,” said Cone. – Jason Mercene

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