TIM Cone credited LA Tenorio for the game-saving play that helped Barangay Ginebra pull off thrilling 96-93 win over a gutsy TnT Katropa side on Friday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tenorio went after the ball following a free-throw miss by KJ McDaniels, managed to save it from going out of bounds and while airborne had the presence of mind to find teammate Justine Brownlee with five seconds left.
His heroics forced the Katropa to foul Brownlee, who made both his free throws to pad Ginebra's lead to three points with 5.8 seconds left.
A miss on a desperation attempt from well beyond the arc enabled the Gin Kings to escape with the victory - and secure a place in the quarterfinals.
"Great save by LA and were able to make that two," said Cone of the game's biggest play.
Tenorio said he was supposed to throw the ball all the way to Ginebra's frontcourt as he usually does in such situations, but decided at the last moment to toss it in front of him since all four Ginebra players were there.
"Mabilis yung pangyayari. Chances naman nun makuha nila kasi apat silang andun, kaya doon ko na binato," he said.
The veteran guard admitted those kind of last-second plays need instinct and presence of mind.
"Kailangan alert ka, dapat alam mo exactly kung ano yung nangyayari. Dapat alisto ka," said Tenorio, who nonetheless played down the importance of the play.
"Siguro malaking bagay yung save na yun, but more than that, we kept our defense, we kept our composure," he
Tenorio finished with 14 points and nine rebounds as the Kings improved to 6-3 overalll in a tie with San Miguel for fourth place. The victory also assured Ginebra of a quarterfinal berth.