Tim Cone on Brgy. Ginebra being awarded 29 more free throws: “We were the more aggressive team”


PBA Media Bureau

Tim Cone attributed Barangay Ginebra’s 43 free throw attempts to the Kings’ aggressiveness that enabled the Kings to regain control of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series via their 106-103 win Friday night.

The American coach noted that unlike Game 2, which Ginebra lost, 103-96 in Batangas City, the Kings played with emotions this time as they pounded the ball inside against the shorter KaTropa.

Stats for Game 3 revealed TNT had 30 fouls, compared to Ginebra’s 23.

TNT’s fouls rewarded Ginebra 43 attempts from the foul line with the Kings making 30, numbers that did not sit well for coach Nash Racela, who engaged in a verbal altercation with team governor Alfrancis Chua during halftime.

TNT was awarded 14 free throws and made 12.

For Cone, he feels the numerous attempts of Ginebra was simply the result of their aggressive plays.

“I don’t care what TNT may say, but that’s the way it is. The more aggressive team will go to the free throw line. So I’m okay with the free throws,” said Cone.