LA Tenorio didn't think championship hangover was a factor in the team’s 108-103 loss to TNT KaTropa in their PBA Philippine Cup debut on Sunday night.
Making their season debut a month after ruling the Governors' Cup, the Gin Kings trailed in the first quarter before turning the game around and establishing a lead that went as high as 14 points in the fourth quarter, only to waver down the stretch.
“Siguro nung una (may jitters), pero nung na-feel na ng team yung game, okay naman,” Tenorio said. “I don’t think that's an excuse na first game jitters.”
If there was anyone who had a hangover, it wasn’t the Ginebra star point guard, who tallied 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting, along with six assists, three boards, and two steals in 35 minutes as a starter.
Tenorio, however, admitted the Gin Kings, as a unit, grew complacent after building a 95-81 lead with over seven minutes left in the game, allowing the Texters to rally behind a pressure defense that forced Ginebra to commit 25 turnovers in all.
“Medyo nag-relax kami tsaka’ di kami naging ready sa fourth quarter run using the press, doon kami nagka-problema,” Tenorio pointed out.
“Turnovers, sobrang daming turnovers so ‘di pwede yun. We have to take care of the ball especially sa teams like TNT na talagang taking advantage sa mga turnovers.”
Tenorio stressed the Gin Kings’ are eager to bounce back – but they have to wait for another week to get back on the court.
“Yung games naman namin every Sunday lang so malaking bagay rin,” Tenorio said. “Kaya lang mahirap kapag natatalo, ang tagal rin maghihintay. I think we will take advantage of that, especially sa mga bagong players, conditioning rin kasi nga medyo nahuli nga kami.”