WHAT’s harder than learning the intricacies of coach Tim Cone’s Triangle?
Apparently for imports, it’s getting acclimated to the Philippine weather.
LA Tenorio is hoping Justin Brownlee gets adjusted quickly to the tropical conditions in the metro amid Barangay Ginebra’s hectic schedule in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The new Gin Kings import made his debut on Sunday, but suffered from cramps as he played just 29 minutes in a game that reached overtime, which they lost, 109-100.
“Nag-aadjust siya sa system, but more so sa weather eh,” Tenorio said. “Medyo hindi siya sanay eh, kaya third quarter pa lang nagca-cramps na…Limited minutes siya, labas-pasok siya kasi alam ni coach Tim na kakapusin eh.”
“Nung practice pa lang, nagca-cramps na siya,” he added. “Hopefully makapag-adjust kaagad siya.”
Brownlee, who has squeezed in four practice sessions with Ginebra since arriving only last Thursday, didn’t play in the last three minutes and 41 seconds of overtime where the Aces broke loose to coast to the victory.
“Medyo naghahabol siya at hindi siya nakakatulog, so nakakaawa, pero very positive yung nakita namin sa kanya, offensively and defensively,” Tenorio said of Brownlee, who still managed to score a game-high 31 points and 13 boards.
“Makuha lang niya talaga yung laro dito sa PBA at the same time yung second wind niya at condition niya, I think we’ll be in good shape with him,” he added ahead of the Gin Kings’ next game on Wednesday against NLEX.
While Brownlee’s absence took its toll, Tenorio also lamented on his team’s poor free-throw shooting that factored in the loss.
“I think the story of the game is yung missed free throws namin,” Tenorio said as his team made just 15 of their 29 attempts. “Kahit kalahati lang sana na-shoot namin dun, naging iba yung tema ng laro eh. But ganun talaga. We just have to get back to the basics ulit.”