LA Tenorio explains failure to call timeout late in regulation of Ginebra loss to SMB
LA Tenorio says he couldn't hear calls for a timeout in the din of the thrilling finish of regulation play in Ginebra's game against San Miguel. Dante Peralta

LA Tenorio admitted Barangay Ginebra could have called for a timeout after import Justin Brownlee secured the rebound in the dying seconds of regulation in a match against San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.

Tenorio received a pass from Brownlee with about six seconds to go with the score tied at 89-all and Ginebra left with two timeouts, but opted to take a three-point try from near midcourt that didn't even touch the rim. 

Ginebra coach Tim Cone was obviously not happy with the turn of events.

"It was a second pass na sa akin e, hindi ko rin narinig kasi syempre from the rebound going to the frontcourt," explained Tenorio after Ginebra's 111-105 double-overtime loss to the Beermen at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

[See SMB holds off one Ginebra comeback after another, wins in double OT]

The scene was repeated late in the second overtime when, with Ginebra trailing by four and Cone frantically signalling for a timeout, Japeth Aguilar decided to head straight for a layup - and missed.

A 10-year PBA veteran, Tenorio said they just need to learn from this experience if they are to go deep in the playoffs of the PBA Governors' Cup.

"It's a learning process for us, not only for me," said Tenorio after Ginebra dropped to 4-2. "We need to learn how to win this kind of games kasi ganito yung mga games sa playoffs."

Despite the loss, Tenorio was pleased to see his squad claw back from 24 points down although they ran out of gas in the end. 

"It's a good sign for us na we can come back (from a huge deficit)," he said. "Pero in the first place, hindi dapat mangyari yung ganun kalaki."

He added, "I think we need to start strong all the time, yun yung key. Against teams like San Miguel, kailangan yung focus from the start pa lang."


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