Cone is amazed by Malonzo’s debut with Ginebra
If there is a positive to come out of Barangay Ginebra’s blowout defeat to Rain or Shine in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut, it is that Jamie Malonzo, the Kings’ new signing, demonstrated his full potential.
Coach Tim Cone was impressed with the 6-foot-7 sophomore’s performance in his debut game with the Kings despite the fact that they were brutally defeated 93-71 by the Elasto Painters.
Malonzo, who joined the squad only a week before the start of the conference, led all Ginebra locals in scoring with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three blocked shots.
The former La Salle Green Archer’s performance undoubtedly gained Cone, the most decorated coach in the league’s 47-year history, admiration.
Jamie was amazing, according to the Ginebra coach. He played everywhere on the court, just as we had hoped.
Just that nobody else was pushing in the same direction as us.
Malonzo was the only local player for Ginebra who scored in double digits despite the team’s struggles, shooting a pitiful 33 percent from the field.
“The manner we played was quite amazing. Didn’t at all anticipate this, “Cone acknowledged as much, but he gave Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao credit for having a “great game plan.”
“On us, (they constantly altering their defense). We weren’t ready to switch up our defenses “Added he. “We had just hired some new employees, so we weren’t equipped to do that type of work, therefore they (Elasto Painters) were incredibly wise. They interfered with our execution when we were concentrating on it.” (RG)
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