Here comes Barangay Ginebra. Entering the homestretch of the single-round-robin elims, the Gin Kings are hot on a four-game run and within striking distance of three leading teams in the race for the Top Two.
Keeping their sharpness in a return from a long break, the Kings rolled past the Blackwater Bossing, 98-84, to close in on an outright playoff entry in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.
Their sharpness was in full display after the halftime huddle, with the Kings blasting the Bossing in the third period and going on to claim the victory that boosted their Top 2 drive.
For coach Tim Cone, it’s yet another milestone added to his legendary tale. It’s victory No. 1,000 for the twice-grand slam-winning mentor.
“It’s a real honor to say I did that, but it just goes to show that I’m old,” said Cone, trying to downplay the feat.
“We’ll definitely go for the 1,001st against TNT on Sunday. We’ll enjoy for a moment then move on,” Cone added.
It’s a night of milestone not just for Cone but also for import Justin Brownlee, the very first among reinforcements to record 300 steals.