'Diskarte niya yun,' says Ato Agustin on LA Tenorio's hesitation to take a wide-open shot late in Ginebra loss to Barako
LA Tenorio came under fire on social media when he decided to pass instead of taking a wide-open three-pointer late in Ginebra's PBA Commissioner's Cup game against Barako Bull. Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

BIÑAN, Laguna —Barangay Ginebra coach Ato Agustin came to the defense of starting playmaker LA Tenorio and stressed he doesn’t see anything wrong in the point guard’s hesitation to shoot despite an open look late in the Kings’ PBA Commissioner’s Cup road game against Barako Bull on Sunday.

Tenorio  came under fire in social media networks for his decision to pass the ball despite of being wide open at the left corner with the match down to its final seconds and the Kings trailing, 69-65.

Instead, the veteran guard issued a pass to Joseph Yeo, who fortunately, nailed a long three-pointer to push Ginebra within 69-68 with 39 seconds left.

The Kings though lost the match as Yeo missed on a potential game-winning trey to send the league’s most popular ballclub tumbling to its second straight defeat.

Agustin said he has nothing against the move of Tenorio to pass the ball, adding he trusts the decision-making of his point guard.

 “Siguro he’s missing his shots and nakakita siya ng mas maganda ang percentage. Nakita niya si Joseph at na-hit niya,” said the Ginebra coach.

Tenorio also declined to talk about the sequence even as he had his second straight offensive off-night after converting just 2-of-6 from the field (0-of-2 from three-point range) to finish with four points. But he had seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Agustin said he understands Tenorio’s decision being a former player himself.

“It’s okay. Hindi mo rin alam ‘yung diskarte niya. Diskarte niya ‘yun. Naging player din naman ako. Kapag nami-miss mo yung tira mo, dapat rin makita mo ‘yung open shooter,” Agustin said.

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