NLEX prepares for Meralco duel; Cone wary of ‘early’ Kings-Hotshots clash

NLEX’s frenetic win over Barangay Ginebra set both squads on challenging quarterfinal paths. —PBA IMAGES NLEX coach Frankie Lim did some math on the side on Sunday night and learned that the Road Warriors will have about four days to prime themselves for Meralco and their best-of-three quarterfinal duel in the PBA Philippine Cup. Whether…

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Tim Cone ‘hates’ playing against Chot Reyes

Ginebra coach Tim Cone and TNT coach Chot Reyes (foreground) during a PBA Philippine CUp game. –PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines—As expected, the respect between coaches Tim Cone and Chot Reyes remained at an all-time high after their classic in the PBA Philippine Cup. On Friday, Ginebra one-upped TNT in a squeaker, 87-83, at Philsports Arena…

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Cone looks to Cu, next man as injury bug bites Kings anew

FILE PHOTO–Ginebra coach Tim Cone. –PBA IMAGES Can’t blame Barangay Ginebra if scraping past a hard-fighting NorthPort squad on Sunday night hardly felt like a win. The crowd darlings pulled out a 95-88 win in a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup showdown at Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate, Manila, but saw one of its…

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Tim Cone sees a young Justin Brownlee in Bennie Boatwright

FILE–San Miguel Beermen import Bennie Boatwright during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines–Versatility, size, and more importantly Bennie Boatwright Jr.’s similarities to the national basketball program’s old reliable Justin Brownlee are what made the San Miguel import a prime candidate to become Gilas Pilipinas’ latest naturalized player. “He’s got great size and he…

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PBA: Tim Cone irked over Ginebra’s ’embarrassing’ loss to Meralco

FILE PHOTO–Ginebra coach Tim Cone. –PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines–Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone was hardly in the mood for a chat shortly after the crowd darling’s 91-73 loss to Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night. “Embarrassing—that’s all I’ve got to say,” the seasoned mentor told reporters on his way out of Smart…

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As Kings shift to new offense gear, Cone hopes defense remains the same

Ralph Cu’s shooting fueled Ginebra’s last victory. —PBA IMAGES Barangay Ginebra claimed its second-straight win in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on Sunday night, giving the club a perfect start in the league’s centerpiece tournament. The 102-92 victory was built on many things that went the crowd darlings’ way—from an opposing ace missing…

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Phoenix guard Tyler Tio has a fan in Ginebra coach Tim Cone

Phoenix guard Tyler Tio goes for a layup.–PBA IMAGES MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix guard Tyler Tio didn’t play in the Fuel Masters’ 102-92 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. Yet, he still earned some high praises from Gin Kings coach Tim Cone after the game that saw Phoenix fell to…

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Tim Cone ‘perfect coach’ for Gilas, says Australian mentor Goorjian

Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone. –FIBA PHOTO LAPU-LAPU CITY—Brian Goorjian believes the selection of coach Tim Cone is a step in the right direction for Gilas Pilipinas. “I think Tim Cone is the perfect coach for the future of Philippine basketball,” Goorjian said when asked of his former tactical foe in the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s…

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Tim Cone confident Gilas can scale mountains in Latvia

Tim Cone talks to the Inquirer Sports staff during an awards dinner in his honor. —MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net National coach Tim Cone knows that a steep trek awaits his charges in the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Latvia this July. But there’s not a dent in his faith that Gilas Pilipinas is capable…

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Kai Sotto bound to dominate Asia, believes Gilas coach Tim Cone

Gilas Pilipinas’ Kai Sotto in the Filipinos’ game against Chinese Taipei in the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines—Asia has been host to some of the most stellar players in the international Fiba stage. Iran boasted Hamed Haddadi, China had Yi Jianlian and the Gilas Pilipinas for a time the rode the heroics…

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