LA Tenorio defiant after loss, says Ginebra has the belief that it can beat SMB
LA Tenorio atoned for his scoreless Game Two with 22 points and seven assists on Wednesdat night. Jaime Campos

LA Tenorio remained defiant while sticking to the positives after Ginebra’s 95-92 loss to San Miguel Beer in Game Two of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series on Wednesday night.

For the second straight game, the Gin Kings launched a comeback that shook the powerhouse Beermen, just falling short time this time as the best-of-five series ended up tied at one game apiece.

“I think in this game, kami yung tumalo sa sarili namin,” Tenorio said. “The most important thing is we know how to beat this team and may confidence kami to beat this team. Unlike in the first half na tingin namin, hindi namin kaya talunin yung team na ‘to.

"Pero now, I think the whole team has the confidence kung paano namin talunin ‘tong team na ‘to.”

The Gin Kings once again had a sluggish start before getting to their groove in the second half, particularly in the third quarter, where they outscored the Beermen, 31-21.

SMB, however, managed to keep the Gin Kings at bay this time.

“Hopefully, magawa lang namin yung mga adjustment na kailangan and hindi automatic na kumpiyansa lang ang kailangan at matatalo na namin sila,” Tenorio said. “We really have to work harder going to Game Three.”

“It was a good game, but not enough,” he added. “The game that we played in Game One is not enough to beat this team the second time around.”

At least Tenorio bounced back from a scoreless outing as he registered 22 points, including three on a three-pointer that pulled them to within one down the stretch, on top of seven assists in almost 40 minutes of play.

“Sana nga hindi na lang ulit ako naka-shoot eh para nanalo,” Tenorio said with a smile. “I’ll take that rather than getting a lot of points, pero talo naman.”


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