GINEBRA coach Tim Cone is glad that his team got its act together sooner rather than later.
After two disappointing losses to start the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup, the Gin Kings were finally able to get the monkey off their backs after they routed Rain or Shine, 103-92, Sunday night.
For Cone, the victory is very timely as the Gin Kings just simply couldn’t afford to remain winless at this point.
“That was a huge win for us. We’ve finally made things work and got a win. Such a relief,” said Cone.
With an improved 1-2 record, Ginebra is now back in the thick of things in the battle for the top eight.
Moreover, Cone believes that the much-needed victory is also a huge confidence booster and is something that they’ve been longing for.
“A win like that instantly gives us more confidence,” he said. “We need that as we’re looking for more wins.”
Also, Cone is happy to finally see import Othyus Jeffers come out of his shell.
The conference’s shortest import battled a sore back on his way to an impressive showing against the Elasto Painters, anchoring Ginebra with game-highs 38 points and 20 rebounds.
Cone said that a high-level Jeffers is just what the doctor ordered for the Gin Kings.
“We brought him (Jeffers) in for his character and energy and he’s now showing it completely.”
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