Barangay Ginebra San Miguel head coach Tim Cone experimented by playing a smaller line-up that had LA Tenorio, Stanley Pringle, and Scottie Thompson all playing at the same time, and it worked wonders for Game 1 of their quarter-final showdown against Magnolia as they took the opener, 85-79.
It’s not a usual sight to see especially for Cone, who has a penchant for going with supersized line-ups for his triangle offense, but such adjustment proved to be a welcome sight for them.
“We honestly feel that’s our best line-up when we put those three guards together,” said Cone, adding the combination might be seen more often in the future. “So we tried to find ways just to play them all the time and they’re usually going to play down the stretch together. You’ll see that a lot more.”
Thompson himself was someone Cone drafted over taller frontliners a few years back, because of his special abilities. Thompson has not disappointed since getting a bigger role with Ginebra.
Game 2 of the best-of-3 series between Ginebra and Magnolia is set for Tuesday, with the Hotshots Pambansang Manok needing a win to keep their conference hopes alive.