AS he dove for the loose ball at the height of a huge Ginebra run in the third quarter, LA Tenorio saw the Nike PG 1 shoe on his left foot accidentally come off.
He and the Cuneta Astrodome crowd had a good laugh over it.
But other than that, everything went smoothly for Tenorio and Co. as they added to the frustrations of NLEX with a 101-92 victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.
The Gin Kings ripped the game wide-open in the third quarter where they outscored the Road Warriors, 42-14, to set the stage for the one-sided result.
Tenorio scored eight of his 13 points in the third quarter to spark the turnaround along with Justin Brownlee and Joe Devance as the Gin Kigns stretched their winning streak to three games after starting the midseason conference with a loss.
The Road Warriors, on the other hand, suffered a seventh successive setback to stay as the only winless squad in the tournament. It was also their 11th straight defeat dating back to the Philippine Cup.
“The ending kind of left a sour taste, but I’m pleased with the way we came out in the second half and pretty much took care of business,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said.
“NLEX is going to win some game, but we just made sure it wasn’t us,” he added.
Cone earlier said the Road Warriors were incredibly scary for a team that’s eager to barge into the win column – and they did look that way early on when they established an early 11-point lead.
But the Gin Kings’ buckled down to work after intermission as they flashed their dominant form to turn the tables.
When Dave Marcelo scored the first basket in the payoff period, that gave the Gin Kings their biggest lead at 29, 91-62, and completed a whopping 40-point turnaround.
Brownlee did it all again as he pumped in 18 points, 13 boards, five assists, three steals, while Devance also scored 18 markers on top of two boards and two assists.
Japeth Aguilar was the other Gin player in double-digit scoring as he chipped in 17 points, five boards, and four blocks in just 21 minutes.
Wayne Chism scored just 16 points on 10 attempts along with eight boards, and two steals aginst six turnovers to lead NLEX in a losing effort.
GINEBRA 101 – Brownlee 18, Devance 18, Aguilar 17, Tenorio 13, Ellis 9, Thompson 5, Mercado 5, Taha 4, Cruz 4, Ferrer 3, Marcelo 2, Caguioa 2, De Guzman 1, Helterbrand 0, Jamito 0, Mariano 0
NLEX 92 – Chism 16, Al-Hussaini 14, Camson 11, Lastimosa 8, Anthony 6, Khobuntin 6, Rios 5, Soyud 5, Alas 4, Baracael 4, Lanete 4, Guinto 3, Monfort 3, Tiongson 3, Villanueva J. 0
Quarterscores: 27-28; 47-48; 89-62; 101-92