(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
Game 4, best-of-seven final
7 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Ginebra
BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone sent two text messages yesterday.
First, to say he was so sorry for an unsportsmanlike manner when he refused to shake hands with
Meralco coach Norman Black after the conclusion of Game 3 last Wednesday.
Cone’s second message was to extend his congratulations to the Bolts for winning Game 3 of the
best-of-7 finals series for the PBA Governors’ Cup.
“I regret my actions after Game 3 ended,” said Cone, who was very conspicuous when he eluded
Black for the customary handshake after every game in the pro league.
“Yes, I was upset about the timeout that was called late in the game, but there is no one in
the PBA that I respect more than Norman Black,” added Cone.
“I got caught up in the moment and could have handled it differently. I apologize, and I will
do so to him personally,” he said.
Black did not comment much on the controversy, merely going to saying that it was Cone, and not
he, who has problem.
Somehow, that endgame incident is adding spices to the series which the Bolts will try to level
as they meet the Gin Kings in Game 4 at 7 tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts rediscovered the fiery form that enabled them to top the elimination on the way to
the semifinal round where they swept the Star Hotshots, as they surprised the Gin Kings with their
Reynel Hugnatan became the man of the hour as he sank seven big triples to complement Allen
Durham well in offense as Meralco reduced Ginebra’s lead to 2-1.
“Even though we led for much of the game, I felt throughout that Meralco was playing at a much
higher level both offensively and defensively than us,” admitted Cone.
Durham, who copped the best import plum for second straight year in Governors’ Cup, was indeed
at his finest as he cut loose with 38 points and pulled down 20 rebounds with four assists and five
shot blocks in a yeoman job.
Durham’s remarkable performance didn’t go unnoticed in the eyes of Cone.
“They made nice adjustments to free up (Allen) Durham which allowed him to play a monster game.
Plus they pulled some guys off the bench that really contributed. They certainly deserved this win,”
“I don’t think there is any doubt that this series is going the distance,” he said.
The momentum greatly swung into the Bolts’ side, but Black has plenty of concern going into the
“We will have to make some adjustments because RDO (Ranidel de Ocampo) will be out for the rest
of the series,” said Black.