GINEBRA guard LA Tenorio admitted the team needs to play with a sense of urgency in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup, but stressed the Kings must remain patient as they continue to learn the intricacies of the triangle offense under coach Tim Cone.
The Kings came under fire after they were blown away by defending champion San Miguel, 100-82, in a game that was supposed to be a marquee showdown pitting two of the league’s talent-laden teams at the Philsports Arena.
“We really have to play with a sense of urgency, but just what coach said, we’re not in a hurry, we just have to learn every game,” said Tenorio.
Ginebra’s starting playmaker added the team still lacks rhythm right now especially the shooters including himself, as shown by their 0-of-12 clip from three-point range against the Beermen.
But Tenorio said those are part of the learning process the team has to go through as it embrace Cone’s patented triangle offense.
“Yung rhythm ng mga shooters (wala pa). Minsan nagugulat sila dahil open sila kasi were playing more on Greg (Slaughter) and Japeth (Aguilar) now,” he pointed out. “In fairness to them, they’re giving numbers naman. But the thing is they need more help from the guards especially from us.”
Ginebra’s ‘Twin Towers’ again carried the load for the Kings, combining for 42 points, or more than half of the team’s total output. Chris Ellis was the only other player in double figures for the league’s most popular team with 11.
Tenorio himself didn’t play his usual game, finishing with just four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field, although he had nine rebounds and five assists.
“We really have to come out stronger and focus every game,” he added.
The Kings currently carry a 1-3 card and face winless Meralco Bolts in Binan, Laguna on Tuesday.