LA TENORIO was quick to atone for a Game Three letdown, finishing with 17 points and six assists in Ginebra's 130-100 victory over San Miguel on Friday night that evened the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals at 2-all.
“Going into this game, our mindset is really, this is a do-or-die game especially against San Miguel," said Tenorio, who was held to five points in the Game Three loss.
"We all know how strong San Miguel is. Talagang going into this game, ‘yun na ang mindset namin. This is a do-or-die game. We have to come out stronger and focused. We can’t afford a lot of mistakes. Although we turned the ball over 22 times, again, we came out really aggressive. ‘Yun ang importante,” added Tenorio.
Tenorio was only one of several local players who stepped up for Ginebra, with Greg Slaughter scoring 19 and Joe Devance adding 18 to back up Justin Brownlee's 37-point, 11-rebound performance.
Tenorio said Ginebra can't afford to be too dependent on the newly minted Best Import.
“We cannot be Justin-reliant. Hindi dapat kami nagre-rely kay Justin sa offense. He has been great the whole series but we can’t rely on him. Buti, everybody came out contributing from the bench,” said Tenorio.
The former Ateneo star said the Kings need to replicate all the good things they did in Game Four when the two sides meet again on Sunday.
“We have to duplicate this game for the next game … We have to come out strong,” said Tenorio.