• San Mig’s Cone equals Dalupan’s 15 titles

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    SAN Mig Coffee beat Petron Blaze, 4-3, in the best-of-seven titular series of the 2013 Philippine Basketball Association Governor’s Cup, but what was more amazing was that coach Tim Cone’s career 15 titles now equaled the record of the legendary Crispa coach Baby Dalupan.

    “I’m so very humbled. He is my idol. My first Finals appearance many [23] years ago was against coach Baby Dalupan. I was so intimidated then coaching against him and they beat us, 3-2,” said the 56-year-old Cone, who started his career as a coach with Alaska in 1989 where he won 13 crowns.

    He said that the now 90-year-old Dalupan, who is already half blind, influenced him very much as a coach.

    “He had a great impact on me as a coach,” Cone said, whose team Coffee Mixers crushed Petron Blaze, 87-77, in Game 7 of the Finals before a crowd of more than 21,000 at the Big Dome.

    The Oregon native Cone led the Coffee Mixers to two titles so far and to the Finals three times in the last six conferences.

    And with Cone’s feat, other coaches like Norman Black would likely follow. The current Talk ‘N Text head coach Black is not far behind with 10 titles under his name while Chot Reyes and Jong Uichico are closely following with eight apiece.

    Besides Cone, Dalupan, Black, Reyes and Uichico, the other winningest coaches in the league are Tommy Manotoc with six, Yeng Guiao, Dante Silverio and Robert Jaworski with five apiece, Ed Ocampo had 4, Arturo Valenzona, Ryan Gregorio and Siot Tanquingcen had also three each, and Derrick Pumaren, Perry Ronquillo and Eric Altamirano with two apiece.

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