After Barangay Ginebra became the very first team to beat Bay Area in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday, Tim Cone couldn’t be any prouder to earn ‘bragging rights’ over Brian Goorjien even if it was just for one night. This victory allowed Barangay Ginebra to become the champions of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The revered coaches have learned a great deal about one another over the years but have never had the opportunity to compete against one another until the highly-anticipated matchup, when the league’s only 24-time mentor presented himself in an astounding manner.
And they did this by defeating the Dragons with a score of 111-93, bringing the visiting team crashing back down to earth after getting off to a 4-0 start, and claiming their second victory in a row after commencing the match with a rout by Rain or Shine.
“I guess, for the night, I get the bragging rights,” Cone spoke with modesty shortly after their resounding victory at the Philsports Arena in Pasig, Philippines.
The 64-year-old player added that the Kings had enough incentive to beat Bay Area, who had been undefeated since landing in Manila in August of last year. The team won all of its tuneups and extended its winning run into the tournament until Sunday.
“There are numerous reasons for me to become inspired. “They’ve been bashing everyone up,”
He continued by saying, in reference to the Changwon LG Sakers of the KBL, “They won four games already here, and they had a couple of tough games they won seven preseason games, and they beat the Koreans that were here.”
Cone’s Says Motivation
Cone went on to say that another motivation for the Barangay was to not only represent the franchise or the PBA, but also the entirety of the country and its particular brand of basketball.
“I mean, as Justin mentioned, that was one of the things we stated in the locker room we’re not only representing Ginebra, but we’re representing the whole league,” I added. “It’s not just Ginebra that we’re representing; it’s the entire league.” And in a lot of different ways, we are representing the country,” he remarked.
“So, we wanted to come out and really show… we were motivated,” continued the former Gilas Pilipinas head coach.
However, Cone holds Goorjian in such a high respect, and he considers it an amazing privilege to have played on the court beside the Olympic bronze medalist mentor.
It is really a privilege to go up against Brian Goorjian as a coach. My goodness. For a number of years, people have been mentioning his name. His name has been mentioned to me numerous times during the past three decades. “It is such an honor to have even been on the same floor with him,” he said. “And the fact that I was even on the same floor with him.”