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Tim Cone: 'We certainly miss our Ginebra crowd'

Ginebra coach Tim Cone admits he and the Kings sorely miss their supporters, especially during their previous two games which ended in defeats at the hands of Magnolia and Rain or Shine.

"We certainly miss our Ginebra crowd, especially in big moments. That was evident in the last two games," Cone told ESPN5 on Thursday.

The Kings saw their four-game winning run to start the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup come to a halt after bowing to the Pambansang Manok, 102-92 in the "Bubble Clasico" Sunday. Ginebra, then dropped its second straight outing after an 85-82 overtime decision to Rain or Shine on Tuesday.

Asked if Ginebra could eventually adjust to PBA bubble life sans the team's huge throng of supporters, Cone said: "I don't know if we'll ever totally adjust. We have adjusted a little."

Ginebra now tries to stop its two-game slide when it battles five-time All-Filipino Cup champion San Miguel Beer on Saturday. Both teams are currently tied with 4-2 records. But the Kings will be facing a Beermen side that has won its last three games.

San Miguel, which entered the bubble without six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, lost Terrence Romeo to a shoulder injury during its 107-88 spanking at the hands of TNT Tropang Giga on Oct. 16. But the Beermen were able to adjust well since Romeo's injury, beating Terrafirma, Alaska and Meralco to revive its playoff chances.

Mo Tautuaa has stepped up big time with solid per-game averages of 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists to lead San Miguel.