LA TENORIO gives up a full foot and then some to Terrence Jones, but he's not about to back down from the hulking TNT KaTropa import.
For the second time in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Tenorio and Jones had a run-in during Game Three of the Ginebra-TNT KaTropa semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday night.
“Paborito niya ako, hindi ko alam kung bakit,” Tenorio joked.
The two already had a run-in during the two teams' lone meeting in the elimination round last June 12 when Jones accused the Ginebra spitfire of punching him during a wild loose ball scramble.
The second incident occurred at the 5:55 mark of the first quarter and the Gin Kings up, 16-8, after Jones and Tenorio collided while chasing a loose ball down the sidelines in front of the Ginebra bench.
The 6-foot-9 Jones later stared down the 5-foot-9 Tenorio, who didn’t give an inch despite the huge disparity in size.
But despite their history, Tenorio played down the incident, saying he was just as determined to win as Jones.
“Wala naman ‘yun. It’s part of the game especially very emotional [ang] game. Siyempre, semifinals na rin ‘to. May mga instances na mangyayari ‘yung ganun.”
Jones sang the same tune.
“We are just competing,” Jones said. “Playing our basketball mentalities. We want both our teams to win. Nothing personal. Just competing.”
Tenorio, at least, had the last laugh as Barangay Ginebra avoided a sweep in the best-of-five semifinal series after an 80-72 win over TNT.
Ginebra is simply in survival mode, Tenorio said.
“Both teams are playing really hard especially us. Our backs are against the wall. We will just do everything para makuha ‘yung isang panalo,” said Tenorio.