GINEBRA coach Tim Cone knows LA Tenorio too well to know that his scoreless outing against San Miguel Beer in Game One of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series is just an anomaly.
The two-time Grand Slam winner even assured that his star point guard will deliver when they it matters most.
The Gin Kings took the series opener, 115-108, despite trailing early and Tenorio coming up empty handed on offense in 31 minutes of play, just days after firing 32 points in their quarterfinal win over Alaska.
“I don’t worry about those things because, first of all, it’s a five-man game, so you’re not going to be carried by the same guy every night,” Cone said. “LA had it amazingly going against Alaska and we needed him to do that last time.”
“(Now) he focused more on defense,” he added. “I used to say the same thing with Johnny (Abarrientos) that I say with LA: LA can not score a point and still be the most impactful player out there by his ability to defend, his ability to handle the ball, push the ball, find the right guy, and get them into our offense, so he doesn’t necessarily have to score for us to be good. And I think that’s what great point guards do.”
Tenorio missed all his nine shots, but he dished out four assists, grabbed three boards and had one steal against two turnovers as he conspired with Scottie Thompson in orchestrating the offense for Justin Bronwlee, Sol Mercado, Japeth Aguilar, and Mark Caguioa.
“(In Game One), it was about Justin, Sol stepped up, Scottie had some big plays down the stretch, and Mark stepped in and got some big baskets in the fourth, so that’s what it is: it’s a team game,” Cone said. “We pride ourselves in our ball movement.”
“But I guarantee you, LA will have a big game more than once in this series,” he was quick to add. “He’ll do it right when we need it.”