NOT just one but about everybody has to have a better grasp of the triangle offense for Barangay Ginebra to be really competitive.
Veteran guard LA Tenorio stressed this out moments after the Kings suffered a shocking 97-81 loss to NLEX Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Although Tenorio already has a better grasp of the offensive strategy designed by former Chicago Bulls assistant Tex Winter, he said the ‘triangle’ won’t work if only one player understands it.
“I know the triangle, pero di pwedeng isa lang nakakaalam. It has to be the collective knowledge of five (players) on the court,” said Tenorio, who learned the intricacies of the play otherwise known as the triple post offense while playing under coach Tim Cone at Alaska.
“Eh as of now, one to three players lang ang nakakaalam, so it’s not gonna work ng ganun kadali,” he added.
The 5-foot-8 Tenorio was the anchor of Alaska’s triangle offense prior to this transfer with Ginebra, eventually yielding a championship with the Aces in the 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Conference.
The 30-year-old Gilas mainstay explained the Kings’ stunning defeat at the hands of the Road Warriors had a lot to do with the team’s failure to execute on offense, considering they have been working more on their defense the past few weeks.
“Most of the time, we’re working on our defense talaga. So as far as our offense is concerned, di pa kami nagfo-focus talaga dun, kaya siguro sa turnovers na din marami,” explained the one-time Best Player of the Conference.
The former Ateneo point guard added the Road Warriors simply exposed their weakness by playing zone defense on them during the fourth period.
“Obviously, naka-matchup sila (Road Warriors) sa amin. They played zone because maybe, they can’t match up with us. Di lang naging maganda execution namin down the stretch,” he added.
Ginebra now has enough time to fix its offense before plunging back to action next Tuesday versus Blackwater at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.