After a rip-roaring start to their Philippine Cup campaign, the B-MEG Llamados now find themselves with a lengthy vacation, thanks to the upset axe of Gary David and the Powerade Tigers.
B-MEG coach Tim Cone took responsibility for the debacle.
“Obviously, we didn’t get to where we’re supposed to achieve so we were really disappointed,” he said. “Although we have just started this season as a team, I felt we could have done better with a veteran-laden squad and I think the fault falls on coaching.”
The 13-time PBA champion coach joined the Llamados amid much hype prior to the season. Cone initially cautioned against expecting too much, and B-MEG stumbled out of the gate, beginning the conference with a 2-4 win loss record.
But the Llamados, led by veteran stars James Yap, Kerby Raymundo, and Peter June Simon, quickly got their bearings, rattling off eight straight wins to finish the elimination round on top of the team standings. B-MEG was heavily-favored going into its matchup with lowly Powerade.
Cone gave credit to David and the Tigers, who shot the lights out against his team.
“Powerade really shot very well from long-distance, 22-of-42 from the three point line,” he said. “Certainly made the difference in our last game.”
A couple of days removed from the loss, the coach is still shaken, and expects to remain so for the time being.
“Things like this one stick with you for quite some time.”
The veteran coach expects his experienced squad, however, to bounce back from the defeat.
“I’m sure we will get through this.”