LA Tenorio says 'complete' Blackwater looking every inch a playoff-bound team
LA Tenorio sees the loss to Blackwater as an early reality check for Ginebra.

THERE are good wins, but it seems there are also good losses.

LA Tenorio said Ginebra's first loss in the PBA Philippine Cup - 94-77 beating at the hands of Blackwater - can serve as a reality check for the in-form Gin Kings.

The veteran playmaker believes flaws in Ginebra's game have been evident since their 104-97 win over GlobalPort last Sunday in a game where coach Tim Cone said they 'sleepwalked' for most of the game before turning it on when it mattered.

“Just like what I've said last game, yung last game dapat talo na kami dun eh and we didn't learn from that,” Tenorio said. “Ngayon, kung baga nangyari na yung dapat mangyari na supposedly na yung last game pa.”

“So for me, I'm looking at this game as a positive sign for us, kasi if we win na naman this game parang it will hide again the room for improvement,” he added. “Kasi pag nananalo ka, ‘di mo naman papansinin yung mga mali mo eh. You think you're doing the right thing, ‘di ba?”

Tenorio rued his team’s lack of urgency as it only showed flashes of its true form against the Elite in the third quarter when the Kings managed to pull within striking distance before the Elite put the game away.

“We think that we can just switch on the ... game. Pag gusto namin, laro na kami, di ba? Hindi pwede yung ganun,” Tenorio said. “We have to play consistent and we have to play as if we're the underdogs. Yun ang kailangan namin na attitude.”

“And we have to be hungry going into the game kasi all of the teams na nakakalaban namin, they're always ready,” he added.

The Elite certainly were – and have the pieces to contend with the Gin Kings, Tenorio said.

“Blackwater is a really good team, they're the rising team now,” Tenorio said. “Complete sila. They have big guys, they have wings, they have guards who really shoot the ball well, they have veteran point guards so you can see them as one of the playoff teams.”

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