LA Tenorio admitted it was tough matching up with Star’s playmakers as Barangay Ginebra surrendered a 74-78 decision in Game One of their PBA Philippine Cup semfinal series on Thursday night.
The Gin Kings saw Paul Lee and Mark Barroca hurt them with their offense, while Jio Jalalon and Justin Melton pestered them on defense - things that weren't lost on Tenorio after the loss.
“Medyo mahirap kasi madami sila eh, tsaka lahat sila threat,” Tenorio admitted. “Katulad naman ng sinabi ko last time, yung game plan namin is to stop the guards. Mahirap, pero we’ll see kung anong adjustments ang pwede naming gawin.”
The Hotshots’ backcourt players also shackled Tenorio who was held to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting after he breached the 30-point barrier in two his last three games, including the deciding quarterfinal game against Alaska where he matched his career high of 31 points.
But Tenorio said it’s not just about him and the rest of the Gin Kings lacking offensive punch, implying their hustle was left wanting.
“There’s no sense of urgency for this game sa amin,” Tenorio said. “We’re not doing the little things na kailangan naming gawin. Hopefully next game, we get back sa drawing board. Actually it’s more on effort talaga eh. It’s not about the game plan anymore.”
“Nakita naman natin na maraming loose balls, maraming offensive rebounds na nakukuha nila,” he added. “Pag playoffs, it’s really about effort.”
Ginebra also needs to play smart, he added.
“(But) it’s not (only) about playing hard, but also about playing smart,” the veteran point guard continued. “Play hard, play smart. Hindi lang puro lakas. We really have to be smart on everything na ginagawa namin.”