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PBA: Cone says .500, not 7-0, was the record he had in mind versus Alaska

March 6, 2013 10:20pm

Tim Cone's San Mig Coffee Mixers managed to do two things with their 75-68 win over the Alaska Aces, Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

First, they were able to improve to .500 with a 3-3 record, after dropping their initial three assignments in the conference. Second, Cone was able to improve to 7-0 against his former squad.

[Related: San Mig Coffee Mixers inflict first loss on Alaska Aces]

If you ask the veteran PBA coach however, the latter record was not something he was considering, headed into this game.

"I didn't mention it to the team. This game was about us trying to reach .500," Cone explained. "It didn't matter whom we were against. Whether it was Petron or Talk n' Text, we just needed to win tonight. If we had any extra motivation tonight, it was because we were going against a tough 5-0 team.

Cone had resigned as Aces head coach in 2011, following a 22-season stint with that squad. He was later announced as B-MEG Llamados / San Mig Coffee Mixers mentor in September of the same year.

"I take a lot of delight in the success that [Alaska head coach] Luigi Trillo has. The only thing I want him to do is to be really successful, except against me," Cone clarified. "I still have a lot of close friends on that team and I don't take delight in beating them, but I wish them success against everybody else.

"I've been around for 24 years, that stuff doesn't fly with me. It's not as crucial [anymore]." - AMD, GMA News

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