HE may have already gotten past the championship hangover phase, but LA Tenorio is hoping the rest of his teammates would follow suit as Ginebra aims to get back to its winning ways in the PBA Philippine Cup starting against Mahindra on Friday night.
The reigning Governors’ Cup Finals MVP has picked up from where he left off in the season-ending conference almost two months ago, emerging as one of the few bright spots for the Gin Kings in this all-Filipino tournament where he is averaging 18 points, 6.7 assists, 4.3 boards, and one steal in 36.3 minutes.
But the Tim Cone-mentored Gin Kings have yet to find their groove as a unit, as evidenced in their 91-84 loss to GlobalPort last Sunday for their second setback in three games.
“Sabi ni coach Tim sa amin, meron pa (hangover), pero personally, ako, wala na, although siguro it shows minsan na may championship hangover,” Tenorio said in a chat with a couple of scribes after practice on Thursday at Upper Deck gym.
“Pero it’s more on taking things for granted,” the star point guard added. “‘Di ko naman sinasabing wala, pero not enough focus sa game.”
The Gin Kings should take advantage of their upcoming schedule that will see them play two games in three days - the second against Alaska - after their games were limited to Sundays in the first three games.
“Mas lumapit ng konti (yung pagitan ng games),” Tenorio said with a smile. “We’re looking forward to the back-to-back games. Pero para makakuha kami ng momentum, importante makuha namin yung game tomorrow going to Alaska’s game. Mahirap mabaon pag natalo.”
But Tenorio stressed they are not looking past the Floodbuster, who threatened to pull off an upset against defending champion San Miguel Beer before surrendering a 94-91 decision last Sunday.
“Yun nga yung maganda dun eh, nakita namin na capable sila (maka-upset). Nakita namin yung potential nila na ganun,” Tenorio said. “So now, we really have to be more ready.”
“It’s a character game for us,” he added. “It doesn’t matter kung sino kalaban namin tomorrow. It just happened na Mahindra, pero we’ll be ready to gain that momentum.”