Barangay Ginebra veteran guard LA Tenorio rued the team’s numerous missed free throw attempts spelled the Kings’ doom on Sunday following their 100-109 overtime loss to the Alaska Aces at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra only converted 15 of its 29 foul shots, though interestingly, the Kings managed to mount a comeback from a 2nd-quarter deficit to grab a 94-92 lead in regulation play.
But the Kings failed to put the game away, as Fil-Am forward Joe Devance muffed crucial foul shots in that stretch.
“I think the story of the game is yung missed free throws namin,” said Tenorio. “Kahit kalahati lang sana na-shoot namin dun, naging iba yung tema ng laro eh.”
It didn’t help that new import Justin Brownlee went in and out of the game after suffering from leg cramps, which Alaska readily took advantage.
Brownlee, who arrived on Thursday to replace the injured Paul Harris, had to sit out in the crucial stretches of the overtime as he watched the Kings disintegrate in the face of the Aces’ hail of three-point bombs.
Tenorio though sees a lot positives in Brownlee.
“Medyo naghahabol siya at hindi siya nakakatulog, so nakakaawa, pero very positive yung nakita namin sa kanya, offensively and defensively,” shared the 32-year-old Ginebra sentinel.
“Makuha lang niya talaga yung laro dito sa PBA at the same time, yung second wind niya at condition niya, I think we’ll be in good shape with him,” he added. – Jason Mercene
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