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Legendary Tim Cone cements legacy

(The Freeman) - December 11, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Ginebra coach Tim Cone couldn’t help but take pride of his team for rising above the challenge from the very beginning of their campaign on the way to clinching the historic PBA bubble crown.

On Wendesday night, Cone and the Gin Kings closed out the TNT Tropang Giga with a 82-78 victory in Game 5 of their best-of-seven finals to reign supreme in the pandemic-disrupted PBA Philippine Cup.

They ended the series, 4-2.

In the heart of Cone, their triumph means a lot as they did not even expect to reach the playoffs given the challenging circumstances they are faced with heading to the Clark bubble play last October.

“When this thing started, LA was in the hospital, we still don’t have Japeth and Greg (Slaughter) was out. We don’t have much expectation and we’re saying ‘can we make the playoffs?” Cone said in a report by PBA.ph.

“But credit to our guys. They just kept on working, working and working, and found a way to win it. I’m proud of them,” added Cone.

 Armed with courage and confidence, the Gin Kings bravely overcome the odds against them from the get go to capture their first All-Filipino Conference title since 2007 and 13th title overall in Ginebra franchise.

For Cone, it was his first all-Filipino crown with Ginebra. He last claimed an AFC plum back in 2014 when he piloted the San Mig Coffee Mixers to a rare grandslam feat.

In all, Cone now has 23 championships under his belt to cement his legacy as the most winningest coach in PBA history. — EBV

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