Legendary coach Tim Cone has hit his best start since joining the Barangay Ginebra back in the 2015-2016 season. He’s now 4-0 in the 2020 Philippine Cup.
The Kings manhandled Phoenix 86-71, to secure their fourth-consecutive win in the PBA Bubble.
Barangay Ginebra showed great defense from start to finish as they held the Fuel Masters to only 37% shooting from the field and only 14% shooting from the three-point line.
This is now the best start of the most famous team in the country since the consensus ‘Greatest Coach in Philippine Basketball History’ took over the reins.
Prior to that win, the best start that the Kings had was 3-1 and they did this during the start of the 2016 Governors’ Cup, 2017 Commissioner’s Cup and Governors’ Cup and 2018 Governors’ Cup.
Interestingly, out of the four times that the Barangay Ginebra had a 3-1 start, they ended up winning the title twice. That’s when they won the Governors’ Cup back-to-back in 2016 and 2017.
Could this mean that the Kings are on their way to another title victory? It’s too early to tell but they’re definitely on the right track.
Aside from the bagging his best start with the Barangay Ginebra, Cone and the 2020 Kings squad has solidified themselves in the team’s history books, as they tied the best start of the franchise in a conference.
The last time Barangay Ginebra had a 4-0 start was way back in 1986 in the Open Conference. That’s when the legendary Robert Jaworski along with Billy Ray Bates and Michael Hackett led the team to its first championship.
Cone is proud of the achievement:
“It’s a big thing. Of course, it’s the Big J, and it’s nice to be mentioned with those names. Those are incredible names. It just goes to show how hard it is to get a 4-0 start in this league. It takes a lot of mental toughness to put a win-streak together. Hopefully, we could continue on,” he said during the post-game interview.
Barangay Ginebra will look to improve its record to 5-0 in its next game but they will be up against rival Magnolia Hotshots.
The first Manila Clasico of the PBA Bubble will happen on Sunday at 6:45 p.m.