GUARD LA Tenorio said the shock loss to Meralco should serve as a wake-up call for a Barangay Ginebra team that has been hailed as a title favorite after winning its first three games in the PBA Philippine Cup.
“Ngayong natalo kami, it should serve as a wake up call for us,” said the former Ateneo star after a game which saw the erstwhile unbeaten Gin Kings trail by double digits most of the way on the way to an 87-100 loss to a Meralco team that wasn't given a ghost of a chance to win.
The Gilas Pilipinas star scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and issued nine assists for Ginebra, but neither he nor fellow leader Mark Caguioa could lead the team back from the depths of a 25-point deficit.
But Tenorio said what led to Ginebra's downfall was the formidable defense of Meralco, which held Ginebra to 38.7 percent shooting and clamped down on top rookie pick Greg Slaughter (seven points, six boards) despite having only Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Reynel Hugnatan in the frontline.
That alone, Tenorio said, should serve as a reminder for Ginebra that there's no room for complacency, even in games against unheralded ballclubs.
“In this game, we have to give credit to Meralco because they played great defense against us, especially against our big guys,” Tenorio said. "At lalo naming kailangan i-improve yung individual defense namin."
Tenorio said they will just have to regroup in the next few days as they prepare for their much-awaited clash with three-time all-Filipino conference champion Talk ‘N Text on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.