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Feeling is mutual as Santos and Cone both want to avoid early SMB-Ginebra clash in the playoffs

by Reynald Magallon, July 11, 2019 4:36pm

The feeling is mutual between Arwind Santos and Ginebra head coach Tim Cone as the two of them want to avoid an early clash between their powerhouse teams in the Quarterfinals.

Cone was first to express his desire to avoid battling the Beermen in the early rounds of the playoffs despite the high chance of them being pitted against each other, especially if the Beermen makes it to the Top 4 to 6.

"We respect all the teams, but obviously we don't wanna play San Miguel in a Quarterfinal match. Nobody wants to play them in the Quarterfinals," Cone said after their Sunday night victory against the Magnolia Hotshots.

"If there's a chance to avoid them, we'll certainly try. I don't know how we can, but there's real strict possibility that you could be playing San Miguel in the Quarters," Cone continued.

Asked to comment regarding Cone's statement San Miguel's Arwind Santos said they feel the same way.

"Kami rin ayaw din namin silang makaharap eh. Balance lang. Hangga't maari kung maghaharap kami sana sa Finals na," said Santos.

"'Di namin iniisip na kayang-kaya namin mga kalaban namin. Nirerespeto naman namin lahat, kaya kami kailangan pa rin naming maghanda talaga. Ngayon medyo maganda na yung import namin, medyo malaki naitutulong sa amin," he further explained.

However, the focus right now for the Beermen is to win their remaining assignments for them to clinch the Top 4 to 6 spots and avoid elimination. They also want to avoid the seventh and eighth spots which will give them a twice-to-win disadvantage against the top-seeded teams.

"'Yon nga yung target namin, makapasok lang kami sa Top 6 kasi anlaki ng pagkakaiba dun sa seven and eight, kasi kailangan mo talunin nang dalawang beses yung one and two. Mahirap 'yon, kahit sabihin natin na medyo mananalo ka ng isa, pangalawa di mo masabi. Mas maganda pa rin yung Best-of-3 kami," Santos said.

"Kung sino man 'yun, kompiyansa  pa rin kami na makukuha namin 'yon. Saka one game at a time lang kasi kaming mga players, talagang nagpapakiramdaman kami sa kundisyon ng isa't-isa."

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