Yes, admitted Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, there was in fact “a championship feel” to beating fallen Grand Slam-aspirant San Miguel Beer.
“But we gotta make sure we won’t have a ‘championship hangover’ going to the next series,” said Cone. “It’s easy to have one.”
On point as always, Cone said the Gin Kings are moving forward and preparing against whichever team wins in the extended TNT KaTropa-Rain or Shine quarterfinal duel in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
“Looking ahead we’re gonna have TNT, which handled us with ease last time we played them, and Rain or Shine, which is just playing incredible basketball at the moment,” said Cone late Wednesday after their 104-84 win.
That victory denied the Beermen a chance of winning the Grand Slam as the Gin Kings, the conference defending champions, advanced to the semifinals starting Sunday in Biñan, Laguna.