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    LA Tenorio makes sagging TNT defense pay with torrid shooting from beyond the arc

    Apr 23, 2017
    LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee prove a thorn in the side of TNT. Karlo Sacamos

    LA Tenorio insisted he simply pounced on the opportunities after going on a display of fiery shooting in Ginebra's 107-89 win over TNT KaTropa in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup matchup on Sunday night.

    With TNT's defense sagging to keep Japeth Aguilar and Justin Brownlee from doing damage inside the paint, Tenorio hit four of his five three-pointers in the final frame to help Ginebra break the game open.

    “Wala naman (kakaiba akong ginawa),” Tenorio said after the game. “Siguro nag-open up lang yung defense nila, kasi the whole game, it was our inside game with Japeth and Justin. Nag-adjust sila.”

    “Mga opportunity na ganun, hindi natin kailangan sayangin,” he added.

    [See Red-hot Ginebra rains threes on TNT, makes it four wins in a row]

    Aguilar scored all but three of his 16 points in the first half before turning into a defensive demon in the last two quarters. He finished with 14 boards, five blocks, and a handful more shots altered in 35 minutes.


    Tenorio is hoping Aguilar can embrace that role on a consistent basis.

    “Yun yung goal namin kay Japeth – to be really a defensive player, a rim protector, and tonight, pinakita niya yun,” Tenorio said. “And sana…sinasabi nga na kahit hindi siya umiskor, pero yung depensa niya nandun, okay kami.”

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    Ginebra has won four games in a row but faces a long break that will see them play just one game in the next 25 days - against Alaska on May 7. The Kings won’t be returning to action until the 19th against Rain or Shine.

    “Matagal yung break namin, so that’s why every game, we really have to grab the opportunity to play hard and give our all,” Tenorio said. “Kailangan every game, pukpok talaga kami, kasi ang hirap pag natalo, ang tagal mag-aantay.”

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