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    LA Tenorio feels officiating breaks hounded both sides in Ginebra-Alaska thriller

    May 7, 2017
    LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee led a gritty final stand by Ginebra. Jaime Campos

    LA Tenorio is leaving it to the Commissioner’s Office to decide on what he felt were questionable calls on both ends in Ginebra’s 103-102 win over Alaska on Sunday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    Asked to comment on a questionable non-call on a possible foul on Justin Brownlee against Cory Jefferson when the Aces import was attempting a potential game-winning jumper, Tenorio instead pointed out that he felt there were also questionable calls that didn’t go in Ginebra’s favor.

    “You can say na may foul dito, may foul dun, but same on the other side, sa amin din, may foul din sa amin yung ibang possession,” Tenorio said. “Pero the referee can only do so much.

    “Hindi natin kontrolado yun eh,” he added. “Feeling din namin, may foul din yung iba. Kung may foul man yun, it’s up to the Commissioner’s Office to summon the referee. But on our side, sa amin, ganun din eh, meron din naman kaming reklamo na ganung foul.”

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    Tenorio particularly felt there were some questionable calls when the Aces mounted a comeback, but stressed complaining won’t get them anywhere.

    “Kasi nung nag-run sila, feeling namin, yung mga breaks din ng tawag nasa kanila, pero we cannot deal with that,” Tenorio said.

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    “We just have to play through it,” he added. “Yun lang naman eh.”

    The Gin Kings did play through adversity as they let the Aces erase a 13-point lead – before getting relieved after Brownlee came to the rescue again.

    “A win is a win so we’ll take that win,” Tenorio said. “We didn’t play forty-eight minutes of basketball. Hindi namin na-sustain yung focus namin for forty-eight minutes, that’s why they came back. Against Alaska, you cannot do that talaga. Luckily, Justin saved the day for us again.”

    “Pero hindi na dapat umabot sa point na ganun if we were focused for forty-eight minutes,” he added. “Alaska has always been a tough matchup for us – even if Japeth and Calvin are playing.”

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