MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra celebrated accordingly after their historic, emotional victory in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup, but now the Gin Kings have gone back to work in search of more successes.
Ginebra ended eight years of futility when Justin Brownlee splashed a triple at the buzzer that lifted the Gin Kings to victory in Game 6 of their Finals series against the Meralco Bolts. What followed was a series of celebrations, including a day of appreciation for fans who stood by the team during their championship drought.
But a new PBA season and has started, and Ginebra coach Tim Cone said it is time for the Gin Kings to put the championship at the back of their minds and move forward.
"Right now, our idea is that we have that trophy," Cone said in an interview on ANC's "Hardball" on Monday. "We looked at it, we massaged it, a couple of guys kissed. Then, they took that trophy, we placed it in the lobby, and then we waved goodbye to it."
"Then," he added, "We went back to work."
This mentality is crucial for a Ginebra team that is not satisfied with winning just one championship, said Cone. "You have to have that mindset to get back to work and put that thing away," he explained.
"For us, yesterday ended last night, so we're trying to look forward, and that's something that's important for us," he added.
Yet Cone was also non-committal when asked about Ginebra's "target" for the 2016-17 All-Filipino Cup. Instead, he stressed that the team is "process-oriented," choosing to focus on day-to-day details that they believe will lead to success.
This was how they went about the playoffs in the Governors' Cup, and the Gin Kings saw that the mindset was effective.
"That's what we did throughout the playoffs of the third conference – focus on the day-to-day process. We feel that if we did that, the result will be there for us," he said.
The Gin Kings will open their campaign in the Philippine Cup on November 27, when they play the TNT KaTropa.
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