Cone finds Ginebra's "every Sunday" schedule "tough"

Sunday is "Ginebra Day" in the PBA, but Coach Tim Cone says there is a downside to it. (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Coach Tim Cone admitted to the media that having Ginebra's first two games of the PBA Philippine Cup on Sundays with one full week out of play is tough for him.

"It's tough to play on Sunday, and then a whole week off, and then play on Sunday [again]," the multi-titled mentor said after the Barangay's first win of the season against the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters at the Mall of Asia Arena.

He further told the reporters, "It's hard to gain momentum and rhythm.... It's been a tough schedule for us so far, and that's one of the reasons we are 0-for-14 from the three-point line," baring the glaring not-so-good stat from the said victory.

Curiously, Ginebra will not play again until next Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City against GlobalPort.

In fact, all of the Barangay's games this conference are on weekends.

After the Batang Pier game, the Barangay take on the Mahindra Floodbusters on Dec. 16, the first of their only two Friday night matches.

Ginebra will play again on two consecutive Sundays with a full week of rest in between, against Alaska on Dec. 18 and against Star right on Christmas night.

The Barangay will then have a two-week Christmas break before jumping back to play on Jan. 8 against the San Miguel Beermen before heading to Iloilo City for a with the Meralco Bolts on Jan. 14, their lone Saturday night match.

After a Friday night game against Blackwater on Jan. 20, Ginebra will have yet another Sunday game on Jan. 22 against Phoenix before finishing its assignments against NLEX on the final Sunday of the eliminations on Jan. 29.

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