MANILA, Philippines – LA Tenorio, Barangay Ginebra’s star point guard, picked a great time to have his career scoring game with 36 points in Game 1 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against the Meralco Bolts.
Unfortunately for him and his team, they allowed the Bolts to rally from a 16-point deficit and put up 114 points on the board, enough to draw first blood in the series and put the Gin Kings 3 losses away from elimination.
“I think sobrang nagkaproblema kami sa defense namin,” a disappointed Tenorio said after the game. “We really have to go back to basics and play defense.”
(I think we really had issues with our defense.)
Ginebra’s biggest issue was containing Meralco import Allen Durham, who went off for 46 points on 64% shooting. The Bolts import also scored the first 7 points of overtime, paving the way for his team to secure the victory.
Overall as a team, Meralco shot 44% from the field, including 10-of-25 from long range.
“Katulad nang sinabi ko dati (Like what I said before), I don’t mind [going] scoreless as long as we win the game. We [should] play defense. Giving up 114 points is too much. Hindi nga namin na bigyan San Miguel nang ganon eh,” said Tenorio.
(We didn’t even allow San Miguel to score that much.)
On what went wrong after Ginebra went up by 16 in the third period, Tenorio again pit the blame mostly on his team’s defensive effort.
“Nag relax kami defensively, tapos hindi na kami maka shoot, so naapektuhan pati depensa namin, so hindi dapat ganon eh. Kailangan next game, we have to tighten up our defense, especially against Meralco.”
(We relaxed defensively, then we couldn’t buy a basket, so even our defense was affected, and it’s not supposed to be like that. Come next game, we have to tighten up our defense, especially against Meralco).
Tenorio, who hit the game-tying floater at the end of regulation to force OT, was also complimentary of the Bolts who are in the finals for the first time in franchise history.
“They’re really playing well. They’re here for a reason, kaya tinalo rin nila ang (that’s why they defeated the) number one team. We just have to, again, get back to basics, and get back dun sa ginagawa namin tama (what we were doing right) the previous series.” – Rappler.com