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Tim Cone admits Ginebra destiny not utterly in its arms

Barangay Ginebra's Scottie Thompson gestures after hitting a 3-pointer against TNT in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.–MARLO CUETO/

Barangay Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson gestures after hitting a 3-pointer towards TNT within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

Barangay Ginebra doesn’t see itself having a agency maintain of its fortunes for the twice-to-beat benefit within the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup regardless of pulling off two wins that included a hard-fought outcome on Christmas Day.

“We want issues to occur for us and we all know that,” stated coach Tim Cone after their 86-78 defeat of shorthanded TNT at Sensible Araneta Coliseum pushed the Kings to 6-3 (win-loss) with two video games left of their elimination spherical task.

Defeating TNT and, beforehand, Meralco, saved Ginebra inside sniffing distance of the three different groups looking for to safe the essential playoff bonus.

Magnolia was the primary staff to take the twice-to-beat because of a league-best 9-1 mark whereas Phoenix, Meralco and San Miguel Beer are additionally seeking to comply with go well with.

Phoenix noticed its six-game skid snapped by San Miguel within the different Christmas Day recreation however stays in second at 7-2 whereas Meralco holds a 6-2 slate for third.

San Miguel has the identical report as Ginebra, however holds the tiebreaker within the occasion each squads find yourself with a two-way tie attributable to its win a couple of weeks in the past.

Needing assist

Slipups by these groups will profit Ginebra, supplied it ends the eliminations on a sizzling streak. The Gin Kings gained’t be taking part in till Jan. 7 towards NorthPort and can cap its schedule on Jan. 13 reverse NLEX in Legazpi Metropolis.

“The one factor we may management proper now could be to only proceed placing up Ws (wins), making an attempt to determine how,” stated Cone. “And if it’s throughout with, let the playing cards fall the place they might, however we undoubtedly need assistance.

“So we’ll control the opposite video games, on the standings. However bottomline is, we obtained to manage what we are able to management, which is to come back out [with victories],” he added.

NorthPort can also be aiming for a quarters berth and has an outdoor likelihood on the twice-to-beat with a 5-4 report whereas NLEX is presently outdoors of the highest eight, in ninth place at 3-6.

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“[Those] two groups are combating for their very own playoff lives so it will likely be robust video games,” stated the Ginebra mentor.

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