LA Tenorio was happy to turn from goat to hero for Barangay Ginebra in Game Four.
The wily guard admitted that that his four turnovers in the second half nearly cost the Gin Kings the game on Wednesday night, allowing San Mig Super Coffee to grab the momentum and erase what was once an imposing 16-point Ginebra lead.
But the former Ateneo star guard said instead of getting discouraged, he used the miscues asmotivation to help the Gin Kings avert a meltdown in their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series.
“Kaya most of the time, nasa akin ang bola, marami akong gustong gawin towards the end, yun nga lang, it ended up turnover lang nangyayari,” Tenorio told a handful of sports scribes shortly after helping Ginebra pull off an 85-82 win to forge a 2-2 deadlock in the series.
“And I admit may lapses ako towards the end, but I made sure babawi ako after 'nun kasi di naman sa pag ano, pero the team needs me talaga especially towards the end. Kailangan nasa akin ang bola to decide in the end,” he added.
The “Gin-eral” atoned for his numerous turnovers in the final period, scoring five of the team’s last seven points, in the process snatching the Gin Kings from what could have been a disastrous ending and a 1-3 hole.
“The good thing about it (Game Four) is yung composure namin towards the end nakuha namin,” explained the 29-year-old pride of Batangas.
Tenorio finished with 16 points, supporting Mac Baracael, whose four three-point bombs in the game propelled the Gin Kings to the huge second half double-digit advantage.
Baracael led the Gin Kings with 20 points.
Ginebra tries to take a 3-2 series lead when it faces San Mig again on Saturday in Game Five.