Cone sees shades of Brownlee in Ferrer

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By Ivan Saldajeno

LUCENA—During the PBA Draft last year, Coach Tim Cone reasoned that Kevin Ferrer is a good fit to his triangle offense system, leading to the Ginebra selection of him.

On Sunday night, he bared another reason behind it.

The two-time grand slam champion coach looks at the six-foot-six forward as if he is watching the hero of Ginebra's Governors' Cup title conquest all over again.

"Kevin is giving us the extra dimension that we had when we had Justin Brownlee. He is doing a lot of stuff that Kevin is doing for us right now. They have a similar game," Cone told some reporters after the Barangay tied their best-of-seven Philippine Cup Finals showdown against the San Miguel Beermen with a Game 2 win at the Quezon Convention Center.

Ferrer waxed hot for Ginebra, going 8-of-10 from the field, a perfect 5-of-5 from two-point land, for 21 points, numbers usually being tallied by Brownlee during the last conference and even his recent stint with Mighty Sports at the Dubai International Basketball Tournament last week.

However, Ferrer, for Cone, is still a work in progress especially at the other end of the court.

"He's still learning the game. He made some mistakes defensively down the stretch. Defense is a big word. We're relying too much on our defense," Cone continued.

Still, Cone believes Ferrer is exactly what the doctor prescribed for the league's crowd darlings.

"When he gets it going, you better know where he is. We wanted him so badly because he adds that element to our team that we don't usually have," Cone further told the media.

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