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After hard-earned Game 1, Cone bracing for fierce Magnolia fightback


Despite winning Game One of their Best of Three Quarterfinal series against Magnolia, Ginebra coach Tim Cone was far from satisfied and was quick to war his wards that the Hotshots will surely come back stronger.

“We have to handle it better on Tuesday, and make sure we are better prepared,” Cone said after the Kings’ hard-earned 85-79 victory over rival Magnolia on Saturday in Game One of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.

Ginebra now leads the best-of-three series 1-0, but Cone said they need to find an answer to Magnolia’s defensive scheme to complete the job.

The Gin Kings have lost playoff match-ups to the Hotshots in each of the last two conferences even after winning the series opener.

“We’ve been here twice before already. We won the first game in the third conference and then we got swept three. We won the first game last conference and we got swept two,” Cone said.

Justine Brownlee and Stanley Pringle led the Kings with 20 and 18 points respectively, but Cone said there were no easy points for neither of them.

The two-shot 50 percent from the field, but as a team, the Kings made just 40 percent of their shots and went just 11-of-35 from three-point land.