LA Tenorio insisted it’s not yet time to push the panic button despite Barangay Ginebra going winless in its first two games in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
“Siguro para sa akin, it’s still early to panic, kasi pangalawang game pa lang namin ‘to with a new system - again, so hindi naman overnight yang sistema na ‘yan para maayos ‘yung team kaagad,” the Ginebra star playmaker said after the team’s 95-91 loss to Talk ‘N Text on Sunday night.
“Everyone starts from scratch. Kailangan lang talaga namin to stay positive and stay together as a team,” he added. “We need to trust the system this time. ‘Yun lang naman ang key to winning.”
The 10-year veteran, however, stressed there’s no time to waste as far as taking to heart coach Frankie Lim’s system is concerned.
“Pero sa aming mga players, kailangan makapag-adjust kaagad kami kasi masyadong mabilis ‘tong conference na ‘to for us to slow down,” Tenorio said. “Zero-two na kami, so medyo baon na nga ‘yun eh.”
The Kings showed flashes of a cohesive unit against the reigning Commissioner’s Cup champions as they gave them a late scare by taking the lead at 84-83 after an Orlando Johnson layup with a little less than seven minutes left in the game.
But the Tropang Texters countered by scoring 11 unanswered points which proved enough to weather another Ginebra rally.
“Kung kinapos kami (against the Texters), maybe hindi pa kami sanay dun sa sistema na tinatakbo namin ngayon and we went back to the old Ginebra na parang magulo sa loob ng court,” Tenorio said.
The absence of injured big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar should also not be an excuse, according to the point guard out of Ateneo.
“It doesn’t matter naman kung wala 'yung malalaki namin as long as we know the system a long time ago, magagawan namin ng paraan eh. But the thing is, kulang na nga kami, nangangapa pa kami sa sistema,” Tenorio said.
“But we’ll find ways to win.”