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Black blasts Cone after post-game spat

/ 10:17 PM October 18, 2017

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The buzzer had already sounded signaling the end of Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between rivals Meralco and Barangay Ginebra, but the drama continued as the two teams made their way to their dugouts.

A heated commotion ensued between Meralco coach Norman Black and Ginebra’s Tim Cone shortly after the Bolts’ 94-81 win.

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Black claimed Cone didn’t like that he called a timeout at the 38-second mark with the game already decided.

“I think everybody knows that Tim is the all time leader in wins and championships in the PBA. I’ve never in my life or in any effort to tell him how to coach his team so I don’t need any help in coaching mine,” Black told reporters during the post-game interview when asked about the incident.

“He didn’t shake my hand because he was mad about the last timeout. That’s his problem, not mine.”

Cone, who is the winningest PBA coach with 19 titles including two Grand Slams with two different teams, left the Smart Araneta Coliseum early and did not speak with the media.

Game 4 is on Friday night still at the Big Dome.

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