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Cone thinks Chua "has his own style" of "doing what is right for Ginebra"

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Arguably, the main highlight of Game 3 of the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals between Ginebra and TNT was neither Joe Devance's clutch follow-ups and even his crucial miss down the stretch nor Glen Rice Jr.'s buzzer-beating triple that would have forced overtime that almost went in but the halftime word war between Coach Nash Racela and Ginebra team governor Alfrancis Chua.

The altercation that began to simmer when Kelly Williams was called for a technical foul for resentment to a call late into the second quarter reached boiling point at the half when Racela confronted Chua.

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Asked for a reaction about the altercation, Coach Tim Cone said of Chua, "Alfrancis is his own man. He doesn't need a babysitter. He takes care of himself."

Furthermore, Cone, who has been coaching for nearly three decades now, expressed his utmost respect for Chua, the former PBL champion mentor who now acts as the San Miguel Corporation's sports director.

"He's the boss. I'm not gonna tell him what to do," Cone continued.

He also said that he will let Chua initiate what he thinks is for the betterment of the club and even its sister sides Star and San Miguel Beer.

"He's doing what he thinks is right for the team. He has his own style. It's fantastic," Cone further said.

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