Updated 14:06 PM PHT Tue, October 18, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — He has been here before, and Ginebra head coach Tim Cone knows that they have won nothing yet.
"Leading 3-2 in a best-of-seven, is just like being up three or four points to start the fourth quarter," Cone said after their Game 5 victory. "You know you're up but you haven't closed anything out, you haven't done anything."
The Gin Kings are a win away from ending their eight-year title drought in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), after getting the better of the Meralco Bolts, 92-81, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven Finals series.
The win gave the Ginebra a 3-2 cushion in their best-of-seven series with the Bolts.
Apart from Game 5, each contest in the Ginebra and Meralco finals have been decided by just five points or less, with both teams squandering big leads throughout the series.
Given the tight nature of the matchup, Cone does not discount Meralco's ability to turn things around.
"We went for back-to-back wins, and they are certainly capable of back-to-back wins," the veteran coach said. "The onus is on us to try and close them out."
Cone admitted that closing out a series would be more difficult than competing in a Game 7, and acknowledged just how tough an opponent Meralco would be with their season on the line.
"(Meralco) are a great team that is playing with their backs to a wall," Cone said. "A great team with their backs to the wall? That is really hard to beat, and they are going to be totally focused and concentrated."
If the Gin Kings want to end the series on Wednesday evening, Cone says they have to be able to meet the Bolts' will to survive.
"We are going to see if we can meet their intensity," the multi-titled coach added. "That is our challenge, but it is easier said than done."