Tim Cone and Jong Uichico are in an unfamiliar spot as the semifinals of the Philippine Cup begin. The two champion coaches will be watching from their television after their teams were upset by Powerade and Rain or Shine, two upstarts who start their semis duel on Wednesday.
Powerade pulled off an epic upset over Cone’s B-MEG in the quarterfinals, while Rain or Shine dispatched Uichico’s Barangay Ginebra.
“I thought most people believed it would be B-MEG versus Barangay Ginebra in the semis,” wrote Cone in a text message to InterAKTV. “But it would be interesting to see who can use the momentum they acquired winning in the quarters.”
Cone thinks that whoever wins the semis matchup has a great shot at pulling off another surprise in the finals, where it will face the winner of the serires between Petron Blaze-Talk ‘N Text, two highly-touted champion teams.
“They didn’t sneak their way to the semis. Both teams have already proven they can beat tough teams in the quarterfinals. I think either team has enough weapons to compete in the finals,” said Cone.
Uichico thinks that the winner of the Powerade-Rain or Shine series will be underdogs in the finals.
“Can they perform at a higher level? That’s the question. Yes, they’ve played inspired basketball in the quarterfinals and both teams deserved to be in the semis. But the finals is a different stage,” said Uichico.
“But if you’ll ask me if they’re capable of beating either Petron or Talk ‘N Text, yes, I believe they are capable of pulling off an upset in the finals. Both Powerade and Rain or Shine are playing inspired basketball. They just have to show their hunger and desire and those two characteristics will be their main weapons in the championship round.”