PBA: Can Cone, more seasoned Ginebra finally break all-Filipino curse?


Posted at Jan 18 2020 08:08 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2020 08:30 PM

Now it has reclaimed the PBA Governors’ Cup title, Barangay Ginebra is setting its sights on the league’s crown jewel — the all-Filipino championship.

Ginebra head coach Tim Cone immediately announced the squad’s intention to win the Philippine Cup when the league returns to action for its 45th season on March 1.

"We are certainly going for it," Cone said in a report posted on the PBA website after beating the Meralco Bolts in Game 5 Friday night for the Governors’ Cup title.

"We know it's going to be tough. There's going to be a lot of other teams that have something to say about it, but we are going for it."

Cone, the league’s winningest coach with 22 titles, hasn’t won the all-Filipino crown since the 2013-14 season when he led San Mig Coffee to the Grand Slam.

But he believes, it is doable now that he has the right players for the job.

"We feel like we have the tools. We are going to have a substantial break so we will be able to kind of recharge our batteries and get keyed for the all-Filipino," Cone said.

Unlike before, Cone now has Stanley Pringle joining a more seasoned lineup led by finals MVP Japeth Aguilar.

"Stanley's there as an anchor for the team. Japeth and Greg (Slaughter), they kind of take a step back usually when the imports come, but it's their time to step forward," he said.

"I think we will have exciting rookies that are coming to the team and I think we will be a more complete all-Filipino team."

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