LA TENORIO is bracing for a tough and lengthy series when Barangay Ginebra and longtime rival Magnolia cross paths in the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Governors Cup.
Tenorio, recently called up to the national team, said Ginebra's backcourt will have its hands full against what he called a 'guard-oriented' Hotshots side that boasts of Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, and Jio Jalalon,
The Hotshots' backcourt trio, Tenorio added, blend well with import Romeo Travis.
“Their guards ‘yung kailangan naming tingnan,” said Tenorio. “It’s going to be a challenge for our guards to play their guards. Etong team na ito, it’s a guard-oriented team na nagko-complement sa import nila. We really have to be mindful of their guards.”
Tenorio expects the best-of-five series to be a protracted, defensive battle as both take pride in making stops.
“It’s going to be a defensive series. If you are going to ask me if it’s going to be a long series, yes. It’s going to be a long series. It’s going to be a chess match. Pero siyempre, gusto naming na short series na kami ang favor.
"Pero the way I look at it, based on the numbers, I think it’s going to be a long series. We are going to prepare for a long series,” said Tenorio.
Ginebra beat Magnolia, 93-86, in their lone elimination-round match, but Tenorio said that loss may serve as motivation for the Hotshots.
“We know Magnolia will be coming out really aggressive against us knowing that we have their number. They will be motivated. We just have to be ready and ready to adjust,” said Tenorio.