The Kings expect an even bigger threat from the Elasto Painters Tuesday when they tangle anew in Game 2 of their best-of-five duel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
It’s now a matter of Ginebra rolling with the punch and promptly countering when needed, according to coach Tim Cone.
“That’s been our MO (modus operandi), being able to make big plays at the right time,” said Cone following his team’s 102-89 victory in the series opener.
“So far, so good,” added Cone. “I hope we’d continue to do it.”
Fully aware the E-Painters have what it takes to rebound strong, center Greg Slaughter was quick to offer words of caution to his Kings teammates. “It’s relieving to get the first win, but we can’t celebrate it too much,” he said.
“We got one day and we play again and it could easily be evened up the next game if we’re not prepared. After winning like that, I expect Rain or Shine to bounce back really hard. We just got to be prepared and we can’t let our guard down from the beginning of the game.”
Indeed, Ginebra already had a taste of what Rain or Shine could offer.
Last Sunday the E-Painters recovered from a slow start to trim an 18-point deficit to just seven at the half. They even came closest to within four in the third quarter and were down by just five early in the fourth period.