BARANGAY Ginebra team captain LA Tenorio vows to go back to his main job as a playmaker and not be the “trigger-happy” player everyone saw during the Kings’ sorry 85-74 loss to Meralco on opening night of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The 5-foot-8 guard out of Ateneo said the stats sheets don’t lie, admitting his eagerness to help the team get off to a fast start led him to take hurried shots that resulted in a miserable 1-of-12 field goal shooting against the Bolts.
“Medyo nanggigil eh. Everyone wants to take charge, including me. So sa kagustuhan na habulin yung rhythm mo, the more di mo ma-execute, and that’s my responsibility also as a point guard,” admitted Tenorio following the team’s practice on Saturday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
The 30-year-old Ginebra playmaker finished the game with just three points, going 0-of-8 from the two-point zone and 1-of-4 from behind the three-point arc.
Since the Kings are loaded with scoring weapons, from import Michael Dunigan, Twin Towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, guards Mark Caguioa, Joseph Yeo, to wingmen Mac Baracael and Chris Ellis, Tenorio said he intends to take full advantage of the team’s weapons when it plays Barako Bull on Sunday in Binan, Laguna.
“I have to make sure the team is at the proper position to execute the offense because the last game, I didn’t do that for the team, most especially habang naghahabol kami,” said the Gilas Pilipinas mainstay.
“For me, I take the full responsibility for that, kasi ganun naman parati, kapag di maayos ang team, ang point guard ang kailangan maging maayos.”
The Kings are facing an Energy team that is coming off a 92-70 victory over an import-less Blackwater side last Wednesday.