Having plenty of rest and fresh sets of legs will certainly help the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings when they enter the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup quarterfinals today.
"The good news is that we're done so we got a few days of rest before the start of the playoffs," said Cone, ahead of their 6:45 p.m. encounter with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters tonight.
The San Miguel Beermen clash with Meralco Bolts at 4 p.m.
The Gin Kings took the no. 1 seeding after they swamped the Terrafirma Dyip, 102-80, Monday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena.
This gave the Gin Kings a five-day period of rest and recovery.
“It's about taking care of ourselves and making sure we're getting ourselves ready," said Cone.
In their last outing, Scottie Thompson registered a near triple-double, coming up with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists.
Japeth Aguilar led with 21 points along with seven boards and two blocks.
Aljon Mariano contributed 17 and 11 for the Gin Kings, who enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.
Ginebra ended the regular season with an 8-3 record.
The Elasto Painters came out of a three-game losing streak when they took the last playoff slot at 6-5.
"After we got the loss against NLEX, we had some doubts because we weren't making any shots during that game. So we just focused on shooting in practice. I told them to grind it out these last three games because we have three back-to-back games,” said Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia.