A message to the barangay: don't panic yet
Paul Lintag on Feb 11, 2017 06:49 AM
"No sense of urgency for us in this game." --- LA Tenorio despite Ginebra losing Game 1 of the Manila Clasico semis.
Despite a close encounter against rival Star, LA Tenorio is not sweating Brgy. Ginebra's Game 1 loss in the Manila Clasico semifinals.
Now down 0-1 in a best-of-7, Tenorio says the Gin Kings are so far away from pushing the panic button right now, understanding the fact that the series against tthe Hotshots is going to be a long one.
Why stress over things already right?
"No sense of urgency for us in this game. More on effort talaga eh. It's not about the gameplan anymore, it's about the effort. Nakita niyo naman ang daming loose balls, ang daming offensive rebounds na nakukuha nila. Mga 50/50 balls nakukuha nila. Pag playoffs it's about effort," he said after a losing a 74-78 decision Thursday.
"Tough loss for us but again it's a series, game of adjustments. Next game we'll make our adjustments and do the little things," Tenorio added.
Struggling for only eight points against Star's plethora of guards, the 2016 Governors' Cup Finals MVP maintains that Ginebra needs to be smarter in its point of attack.
"We really have to be smart in everything that we do. It's not just about playing hard, it's about playing smart. Hindi lang puro lakas," Tenorio said.
"Medyo mahirap kasi ang dami nila e. Lahat sila threat pa sila. Tulad ng sinabi ko last time, our game plan is to stop the guards of Star. Mahirap pero we'll see kung ano ang puwede naming gawin na adjustments," he added.
With Game 1 being an offensive struggle, Tenorio likwise insists that the Gin Kings will have to win ugly. They may not have a choice anyway.
"Pag semis naman talaga it's a defensive game. Pag nanalo kami, it's always an ugly game. Pag nanalo kami by just one point, meaning nun okay kami," he said.
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