LA Tenorio said surviving Meralco’s Game 2 late fightback is an encouraging sign for Barangay Ginebra, but the veteran sentinel admitted the Kings are a still a long way to go from capturing the PBA Governors Cup championship.
The Kings tied the series at 1-1 after subduing the Bolts, 82-79, thanks to Sol Mercado’s go-ahead putback in the dying seconds of Game 2’s thrilling fining.
“Isang panalo pa lang yun. It doesn’t mean anything for us. Importante nakuha namin yung Game 2 kasi mahirap mabaon nga,” Tenorio told FOX Sports.
The 5-foot-9 Tenorio can still vividly remember the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup Finals where the Kings were swept, 3-0 by his former team Alaska Aces.
But now that he has played a key role in bringing Ginebra back to the Finals, the former Ateneo court general hopes everyone else will be locked in for the task in the hopes of ending the franchise’s eight-year PBA title drought.
Tenorio was intensity personified in the first two games of the title series after averaging 22.5 points, highlighted by his career-high 36 points in the opening game of the Finals, which the Bolts won in overtime, 114-109.
The Ginebra playmaker said he couldn’t care less if his team wins by a big or small margin, so long as every victory could lead his team to the coveted PBA championship.
“Yun (each win) lang yung kailangan namin talaga for us to get going in this series, malaking bagay yun para sa amin,” he said.
“One game at a time, we’re not looking at two, three wins. Di naman ganun kadali, kaya iniisip namin yun,” he closed. – Jason Mercene
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