LA Tenorio insisted the absence of Greg Slaughter leaves a gaping hole in Barangay Ginebra’s frontline in its campaign in the PBA Governors’ Cup moving forward.
Although the Gin Kings have managed to be successful without Slaughter, who’s out again due to a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his left knee, Tenorio believes they will miss the 6-foot-11 slotman’s presence especially heading to the crucial stretch of the tournament.
“Definitely, malaking factor yun going to the playoffs,” Tenorio admitted after their 96-87 win over Phoenix on Wednesday night that improved their win-loss record to 8-2. “We really have to help each other and gawin kung ano yung dapat naming gawin.”
“There's no one player na mag-fill in sa shoes ni Greg,” he added. “Kailangan naming magtulungan, just like in this game, balanced scoring kami. Yun ang goal namin every day.”
Tenorio, who emerged as the top local scorer with 15 points and one of five Gin Kings in twin digits against the Fuel Masters, banished the notion that Slaughter would've been a disruption to Ginebra’s fluid play upon his return.
“Nakita naman na last game, although small minutes lang, kita natin kung ano ang magagawa nya,” Tenorio said of Slaughter, who registered seven points on 2-of-3 shooting, four boards, and one assist, against three turnovers in 10 minutes, before going down with injury early in the fourth.
“Good thing is that Greg is trying to adapt or adjust sa ginagawa namin sa past games,” he added. “We'll play the same way, di naman babaguhin. Pwedeng maging motivation pa yun na wala si Greg.”