LA Tenorio seemed to have been so disappointed of his performance on Sunday night that he decided to keep his thoughts to himself for once.
Always accommodating to reporters even after losses, the Ginebra star playmaker declined to grant an interview – albeit politely – after the Gin Kings’ 101-86 loss to Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup.
It was understandable as he was held scoreless after missing all his five shots and committing five turnovers against three assists and two boards in 21 minutes on the floor against his former team.
It was the first time the 11-year veteran was held scoreless in nearly three months, or since Game One of the Governors’ Cup semifinals against San Miguel Beer in a match the Gin Kings still won.
Tenorio, who was coming in averaging 14.8 points in the first four games, came out with Japeth Aguilar – who also had an off night - with five minutes and seven seconds left in the third, never to return.
Aces coach Alex Compton felt their defense, particularly in the third quarter, made the biggest difference in the game.
“The defensive energy, I’m so proud of our guys,” Compton said. “I don’t know the run or stretches, for how long, but I felt like we held them for a long time and that was the game."
"They came back in the fourth, but there was that stretch in the third where it just really felt like we were defending them," he added.