GINEBRA may be facing lowly Blackwater in the main game of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean the Kings will have to be complacent.
LA Tenorio cautious the team not to take the Elite lightly in their 7 p.m. encounter at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Di magiging madali for us `yung game against Blackwater,” said Tenorio, who banged 16 points and had six assists in the Kings’ 96-87 whipping of Purefoods Sunday night.
The win moved Ginebra to an even 3-3 record, while Blackwater is at 1-5 and lost its last two games.
But the presence alone of naturalized player Marcus Douthit should be a big concern for the Kings, according to Tenorio.
“With Marcus (Douthit) there, anything can happen because he’s the leader of the (Blackwater) team, and he’s doing everything for them,” said the Ginebra point guard of his Gilas Pilipinas teammate.
Add to it, Ginebra will continue to miss the services of veteran playmaker Josh Urbiztondo (calf), while Jayjay Helterbrand has just recovered from a recent bout with the flu.
Douthit indeed, has been churning out do-it-all numbers for the Elite by averaging 19.6 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.4 blocks per contest.
But the 6-foot-10 import needs all the local support he can get as only Bryan Faundo, the former Ginebra big man, and Brian Heruela have been the only consistent performers for Blackwater.
Faundo is averaging career-highs of 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Heruela is norming 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per outing.