LA Tenorio has kept his mind open and doesn’t see anything wrong when Simon Enciso went for a last-second, three-pointer in Barangay Ginebra’s 104-78 loss to Alaska Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Tenorio said the necessity of the situation more than adding insult to injury was the logic behind Enciso’s late-game basket, aware that the quotient system is in place by the end of the eliminations of the season-opening conference.
For that, he has no beef against the Fil-Am guard or even the entire Alaska coaching staff.
“Quotient e, yun ang labanan and you’ll never know,” said Tenorio following the game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
“It’s not a problem kasi ngayon sa liga natin, every point really counts. It’s not an issue.”
It’s the opposite though as far as Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is concerned.
Cone, who has long been opposed on the practice of players of attempting last-second basket even if the outcome of the game is already beyond doubt, was at it again after the match, refusing to shake hands with Alaska counterpart Alex Compton when he saw Enciso’s three-pointer go in.
In the post-game interview, Compton didn’t deny the Aces were indeed, after the quotient, recalling how the team failed to make the playoffs of the Governors Cup two years ago owing to an inferior quotient.
“I don’t want to miss the playoffs because I honoured a tradition that nobody else in the league honors,” Compton stated, while stressing he still high respect for the 61-year-old Cone.
Enciso has also apologized to the Barangay Ginebra tam for ‘doing his job.’
Tenorio understands the whole picture.
“That’s the rule, e. Ganun na ang labanan ngayon kasi every point counts talaga in today’s game. It doesn’t matter if you’re up by 30 or down by 30,” said the veteran guard.
Now, it’s a different story if it happens during a playoffs or even the finals.
“Unless it’s a playoff game na wala ka namang hinahabol na quotient,” said Tenorio.
Alaska carries a 3-2 win-loss card, while Barangay Ginebra is at 3-3 as the team battle for the remaining six berths in the quarterfinals.