With its lineup intact, coach Tim Cone believes Barangay Ginebra still has the best chance to match against "super team" San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, which opens Sunday.
"There's something to be said about being intact, there's something to be said about continuity. For us it is paramount that we stay intact, keep our group together," Cone said on Thursday during the league's first media day.
"We're very comfortable with our chemistry, comfortable with our system, everybody really understands what's going on and feel we can play in a deeper level, so I think we'll grow and we'll be better."
San Miguel recently figured in a blockbuster trade, acquiring high scoring guard Terrence Romeo while sending David Semerad, Brian Heruela, and a 2021 first-round draft pick to TNT.
This made the Beermen, who already has the likes of June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger, more formidable.
But Cone said that as long as Ginebra stays healthy, his team can go toe-to-toe against the defending champions.
"We're healthy, relatively healthy. Greg (Slaughter) is healthy, Japeth (Aguilar) is healthy. Any time we could keep those guys healthy then we feel we could compete for the championship," he said.
"We know how good San Miguel is, we know there really tough. Last year they don't have Standhardinger for the all-Filipino, now he's here and they've got Terrence for all-Filipino.
"But of all the teams out there, I think we got the best chance to match up to them, so we'll see what happens. But we got to get through all the teams first before we battle San Miguel."
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