MANILA, Philippines—Coach Tim Cone is hoping Barangay Ginebra can shake off the consequences of his championship euphoria and hectic schedule of the PBA Governors’ Cup campaign that will finally begin Sunday against Rain or Shine.
It will take the Gin Kings three weeks to claim the Commissioner’s Cup crown against the Bay Area Dragons as they begin an intense run inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Resigning the championship is always a little bit more difficult,” Cone said on Saturday. “Our schedules are compressed, our practice and preparation times are shortened, and there is always a hangover.”
Ginebra will kick off the conference with six games over 14 days against NLEX (February 8), NorthPort (February 10), Magnolia (February 12), San Miguel Beer (February 17) and Blackwater (February 17). February 19th).
A 12-day break is coming soon due to the timing of the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers, where the likes of Justin Brownlee, Scottie Thompson and Jamie Malonzo will likely wear Gilas Pilipinas uniforms before Ginebra resumes duty in March 1st.
Meralco will be Ginebra’s first opponent in another difficult period, this time five games in seven days. It was followed by Phoenix on March 3, followed by Converge (March 5) and Terrafirma (March 8) before facing TNT on March 17 to close out the qualifiers.
Cone is wary of Rain or Shine, the same team that ruined Ginebra’s debut first and won 93-71, although coach Yeng Guiao is still looking for ways to get out of the 0-3 loss.
“We also played in the previous congress [Rain or Shine] in the opening game and we were almost 30 points behind,” recalled Cone.
“Hopefully, this time we will be more vigilant. Coach Yeng’s teams are always ready to fight no matter the situation.”
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