LA Tenorio is just grateful that veteran teammates Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa came up big at a time when Ginebra’s offense was conking out in the second half.
Helterbrand celebrated his 40th birthday by rediscovering his old, fiery form in the fourth period, conniving with long-time partner Caguioa to help the Kings scale a 16-point deficit en route to an 88-86 win against the Meralco Bolts Friday night.
The win enabled the Kings to even the PBA Governors Cup championship series at 2-2.
Tenorio nearly turned into a goat for missing two crucial free throws in the dying seconds, opening a window of opportunity for Meralco to try to send the game into overtime.
Fortunately, Meralco rookie Chris Newsome missed his 17-foot jumper, allowing Ginebra to escape with the victory.
“Actually, it’s the first time na nangyari sa akin yun (missing two pressure-packed free throws). Pero it happened eh,” said Tenorio.
“Good thing is yung teammates ko, tinakpan nila yun,” added the Ginebra playmaker, who finished with 12 points and four assists.
Still, the 5-foot-9 former Ateneo guard mentioned that it’s far more important to look at what went wrong so the Kings can make the necessary adjustments heading to Game 5 on Sunday.
“We have to move forward. Kung natalo naman kami dun, it’s not my free throws eh. We look at the whole game. We relaxed in the the third quarter at kung hindi pumasok si Jayjay and Mark, yun na yung game eh,” he said. – Jason Mercene
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