Why did Tim Cone issue an apology to LA Tenorio in Game 5 of the Finals?
Paul Lintag on Oct 22, 2017 10:31 PM
Turns out, Tim Cone said sorry to LA for playing him extended minutes in Game 5 of the Governors' Cup Finals against Meralco Sunday, an 85-74 win for the champs to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Tim Cone might want to save his apologies to his star guard LA Tenorio because Tenorio is having none of them.
Turns out, the Ginebra mentor said sorry to LA for playing him extended minutes in Game 5 of the Governors' Cup Finals against Meralco Sunday, an 85-74 win for the champs to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
However, Tenorio says that it doesn't matter how long he plays, there is a championship to win and he wants to be on the floor to help his team take it.
"Actually, coach Tim is apologizing to me because of extended minutes. I don't care. This is the championship. I'll just rest after the series," Tenorio said after firing 17 points in Ginebra's Game 5 win.
LA, who was scoreless in Game 4, scored nine early points in the opening period Sunday, setting the tone for the Gin Kings. He played a total of 40 and a half minutes as Ginebra also had to deal with the loss of Sol Mercado to injury.
"If I have to play for 48 minutes, I told him [Cone] I'm ready. Even next game. We don't have Sol now, I'm ready to extend my minutes," Tenorio said.
After dropping back-to-back games in these Finals, it was necessary for Ginebra to come out strong in this pivotal showdown to ease some of Meralco's momentum.
The Gin Kings did and Tenorio had a huge hand in that.
"We started really aggressive. We have to be aggressive for 48 minutes, we cannot be aggressive for three quarters or three-and-a-half quarters," he said.
"We did it the whole game, so we ended up winning the game. I think that's really the key," Tenorio added.
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