LA Tenorio insisted a grueling PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series against San Miguel Beer that is now going the distance hasn’t taken a toll on Barangay Ginebra.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after their 101-72 Game Four loss that his team was weary after outlasting the Beermen in the previous game, 97-96, behind Japeth Aguilar’s game-winning jumper.
“I felt we were a little bit worn out from that Game Three,” Cone said in the post-game conference. “I kind of sensed it in practice the next day.”
But even if they did feel tired, Tenorio stressed the Gin Kings have no right to. After all, the league’s most popular team is starving for its first championship since 2008.
“Fatigue is not a factor especially if you're hungry,” the veteran point guard said. “Lalo na kaming Ginebra, wala kaming karapatan na mapagod kasi ang tagal na naming inantay 'tong pagkakataon na 'to and I don't think sasayangin pa namin 'to.”
“Fatigue is not a reason,” he added. “Kailangan namin magpahinga after the finals na siguro.”
The Gin Kings buckle down to work anew in the sudden death on Tuesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, eager to return to the finals after a three-year absence.
“We’re not only looking for a finals berth, but we’re also looking for redemption after getting hammered in Game Four,” Cone said in a text message on Monday. “We know we’re a better team than we showed the fans.”