LA Tenorio hoping Ginebra can regain 'NSD' spirit in time for crucial stretch
Even with a cut on his head, LA Tenorio still sticks to the positives of Ginebra's loss to SMB. Marlo Cueto

GINEBRA may have suffered another defeat, but LA Tenorio opted to stick to the positives as the team approaches its remaining games this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a heightened sense of urgency.

“The positive thing that is going to happen is if we pass through these five games with our playoff mentality, I think we'll be ready during the playoffs,” he said. “Yun yung challenge sa amin as a team and yun lang yung brighter side na nakikita ko.”

The Gin Kings drew the short end of the stick on Sunday, falling to San Miguel in overtime, 104-97, to drop further down the cellar at 1-5.

It was a tough defeat for Ginebra, which had numerous chances of sealing the win in the endgame after making a huge second half fightback.

For Tenorio, though, the Gin Kings fielding a full-strength roster should bring nothing but positive vibes moving forward as he hopes that his side learns from these past two losses.

“This is our second game together na kumpleto kami,” he said, with Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance finally suiting up for the squad. “I think there are positive things na pwedeng kuhanin namin sa mga weekend games, but of course there's room for improvement pa sa amin.”

And if there’s any time for Ginebra to truly show that famed “never say die” spirit, this is that time.

“The margin for error now is really minimal na lang kasi basically every game for us is a do-or-die game. We have to have the sense of urgency to play our next five games. It's going to be crucial every game,” he said.

“Hopefully, yung never say die spirit namin, lumabas starting next game. Basically, this is our playoffs and it will start on Saturday.”

Ginebra tries to end its skid in Legazpi against NLEX. 


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