Gin Kings prepare for more ‘focused’ Bolts

TIM CONE and the Barangay Ginebra Kings are expecting to see a focused, determined Meralco team when the 2016 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals resumes with Game 6 tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings won Game 5, 92-81, on Sunday, putting them just one win away of ending an eight-year title drought. But Cone, who has won a league-best 18 championships, knows that closing out a series is “the hardest thing to do.”

What makes the task doubly hard, he said, is that Ginebra is playing against “a great team” like Meralco.

“There is no doubt that Meralco is a great team… Their backs are to the wall. They’re a great team with their backs to the wall,” he said after their Game 5 victory. “It’s one thing if you’re playing a lesser team and they had their backs to the wall, you can kind of overcome them.”

“But a great team with their backs to the wall – it’s really hard to beat,” he said. “They’re gonna be totally focused and concentrated, and we’re just gonna see if we can meet their intensity.”

Cone’s players share his apprehension even as they relish the fact that they are just one game away from winning a championship.

“They’ve got their backs against the wall,” said Sol Mercado, who drained a huge three-pointer in the final two minutes to help Ginebra keep Meralco at bay. “They’re probably gonna bring their best game and play everything they’ve got.” -30-

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