LA Tenorio doesn’t see Barangay Ginebra repeating as PBA Governors Cup champions especially if it will play the way it did against TnT Katropa come the quarterfinals.
The Kings were blown away by the Katropa Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, 122-98, in a loss that showcased the team’s vulnerability against top contenders.
Tenorio noted this as he mentioned the Kings’ two other setbacks were against Meralco and San Miguel, two teams that are crowding Ginebra for the season-ending championship.
Certainly, the Kings need to raise the bar if they are to knock off the likes of the Beermen, Bolts, and the Katropa for that matter.
“Parati na lang pag malakas ang kalaban namin, so we have to find ways to beat the top teams,” said the veteran point guard. “We cannot win the championship if we cannot beat them.”
The Kings fell to a two-way tie with the Katropa at second place with similar 8-3 cards, just behind solo leader Meralco (8-2). Breathing down their necks tied for third place are NLEX and San Miguel, both at 7-3.
The 29-point blowout at the hands of the Katropa tied Ginebra’s worst loss under coach Tim Cone.
And it couldn’t had been worse as only two players scored in double digits for the Kings in Justin Brownlee (28) and Japeth Aguilar (19). The team shot just 38 percent from the field and was outrebounded by the smaller Katropa, 57-48.
Tenorio himself struggled from the floor, shooting 1-of-9 overall to finish with just six points.
Certainly, their performance is a no-no in the playoffs which starts next week.
“We cannot play like this in the playoffs,” said Tenorio. “Teams are always ready to play against us.”
“We did not play our game. So we have to find ways to get back to basics. Kailangan ibalik namin yun and makita namin kung ano yung mga mali ng team.”