LA Tenorio said his breakout game on Tuesday had a lot to do with Barangay Ginebra’s commitment to play aggressive defense for 48 minutes against Barako Bull.
With Ginebra unforgiving on the defensive end, the Gin Kings turned a tight first half into a ghastly rout, 98-70, to tie defending PBA Governors Cup champion San Mig and Talk ‘N Text at the top of the standings.
“Medyo paakyat eh,” Tenorio said of his 22-point explosion - a big jump from his 5.7-point average in the team’s first four games of the conference.
“Siguro dahil maganda rin dine-depensa ng team namin kaya nagkakaroon kami ng opportunity to score.”
Being one of new Ginebra coach Jeff Cariaso’s trusted lieutenants due to his understanding of the triangle system from his time under Tim Cone at Alaska, Tenorio said his job in the new offensive system is not hold on to the ball but to make sure it gets in the hands of the right person.
“Ganun naman talaga ang triangle eh. The play is not for a certain player,” he said.
“I understand the system, but quite different lang because now we have a lot of talent, compared when I was in Alaska, na di kami ganun ka-talented at system lang talaga ang nag-work before.”
With numerous scoring options like Mark Caguioa along with rising stars like Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Chris Ellis, Tenorio said the important thing is for everyone to get equal scoring opportunities.
“Now, marami kaming piyesa. Eh last game, maganda pa nilalaro ng ibang players kesa sa akin, so ganun lang ang team namin ngayon,” he said.
Tenorio hopes that Ginebra will maintain its defensive energy for its much-awaited showdown with the rugged Rain or Shine in a road game on Sunday in Binan, Laguna.