Despite picking up its 2nd win in as many days, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone remains far from being impressed.
The Gin Kings rode on a 40-point, 2nd-quarter explosion to turn a close contest into a lopsided affair, 110-93, against the Blackwater Elite on Friday in their practice game at the CCF gym in Pasig.
Cone said wins in practice games can be encouraging in a lot of ways, but as a team, the Kings look for ways to improve as they head to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“It’s more about the positives that we’re looking at and correcting the negatives from what we do because even though we’re gonna walk away feeling okay, it’s more of a sense of some things we did wrong in the game (that we will try to correct),” Cone told FOX Sports.
Athletic big man Japeth Aguilar was superb for the Kings after hitting 18 points, while LA Tenorio added 16.
Import Othyus Jeffers, the shortest import for the second conference, added 14 while playing well under Cone’s patented triangle offense.
Cone said rather than thinking of what happened in the past, the Kings are bringing with them the “forward-looking” mindset as they use each practice game to get better.
“You’re playing these practice games so you can correct certain things but when the game starts, then you start looking at the positives,” he added.
Blackwater was led by young import Malcolm “MJ” Rhett with 23 points, while combo guard Carlo Lastimosa added 17.
Veteran playmaker Mike Cortez chipped in 12 for the Elite, who are coming off a 1st-ever playoff appearance as a franchise in the Philippine Cup. — By Richard Dy