Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.net
Five players have not yet conquered the Southeast Asian Games and will plunge straight into the semi-finals when the PBA Governors' Cup resumes on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Barangay Ginebra will use Gilas Pilipinas regulars Stanley Pringle, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter in his showdown with NorthPort. The main focus is on the rapid change from representing the national team to defending a positioned squad as a giant slayer.
But Tim Cone believes that Gila's excellence in the Kings squad will indeed have a positive impact on the team and that fatigue will hardly matter.
"[T] Hose players who participated in [Southeast Asian Games] are being pumped to get the Semis up and running," Cone told the Inquirer in a text message.
“It seems like a long time between the games for teams in the semifinals, but for Ginebra it seems like a very quick turnaround. However, coach Olsen [Racela] did a great job keeping our [other] boys sharp and ready, ”he added.
"In game 1 we will be fine."
Batang Pier will also have a Gilas star on its list. In contrast to Cone, the NorthPort coach is somewhat concerned about Christian Standhardinger's energy level.
"He will play," said Pido Jarencio to the investigator. "But of course we have to manage his [recovery]." "He was sick and missed practicing [on Friday]. And it is understandable that he plays continuously. "
Jarencio will not only manage the minutes of his workhorse in the forecourt, but will also have to cope with the lack of versatile attacker Kevin Ferrer, who will be out on Saturday after a toe injury.
But Jarencio insists that his indictment will be ready for 6:30 p.m. The start of her best-of-five semi-final series: "We are pressure-free because nobody … expected us to be here."
NorthPort has been a strength of this conference despite a 5-6 record in the playoffs. The Batang Pier not only won Ginebra and the San Miguel Beer power pack itself, but also rocked the tournament with a dive from NLEX No. 1 in the quarter-finals.
More than tiredness, that's what worries Cone.
"We know NorthPort will be confident in coming in," he said.
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