Where import Justin Brownlee goes, Barangay Ginebra follows.
And on Wednesday night, it was veteran guard LA Tenorio who primarily took the cue from Brownlee as he provided the needed spark in the third canto, enabling the Gin Kings to pull away from the NLEX Road Warriors and continue their winning drive in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup behind a 101-92 victory at the Cuneta Astrodome.
After a slow start, the 5-foot-8 Tenorio rediscovered his fiery form in that decisive quarter where he rammed in eight of his 13 markers, spiked by one of his two triples, and tallied three of his five dimes that kept the Gin Kings on the same page in the course of their dominant surge over the Road Warriors.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone certainly took notice of the former Ateneo standout’s exploits.
“I like how LA came out with a lot of fire in the second half and got things done,” he said during the post-game interview, visibly pleased with how the Ginebra playmaker did his damage on both ends.
Tenorio also came through with two of the Gin Kings’ eight steals in the third, leading to easy lay-ups and transition buckets which accounted for 18 unanswered points—and practically took the fight out of the sloppy Road Warriors.
Brownlee, once again, led the Gin Kings’ decisive tear by pumping in 12 of his game-high tying 18 markers while big men Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar asserted their force against their smaller NLEX counterparts on the way to their third straight win after four starts.
“We like the way we’re playing in terms of…when Justin gets it going and he gets into his rhythm, we seem to find our rhythm,” said Cone.
“This is a key game for us to win. We needed this for the standings and in trying to get momentum especially coming off a long (nine-day) break.”
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