PBA: 34-point Game 1 loss actually jolted Ginebra back to life

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 17, 2019 10:09 AM
34-point Game 1 loss actually jolted Ginebra back to life
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Ginebra got buried by 34 points in Game 1 of its semifinals matchup opposite NorthPort.

Come Game 2, however, the crowd darlings did the upstarts one better, literally.

The Gin Kings routed the Batang Pier by 35 points in Game 2, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.

And the adjustment? Pretty simple, so says head coach Tim Cone. As he put it, "I thought we came out and played with a lot of playoff intensity. We just didn't have that in Game 1."

Indeed, Greg Slaughter said that embarrassment just two days ago was just what they needed - especially as Ginebra sent Coach Tim as well as several of its players to wear the flag in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. "It was kinda tough. We had a lot of guys playing there and it felt really good winning for the country," he shared.

He then continued, "But it was hard to jump right back into a semifinals series where the stakes are really high. I think getting blown out of that first game served as a good wake-up call for us."

And of course, that all started and ended with floor leader LA Tenorio who took it upon himself to show the way and wound up with 20 points and four assists. Asked about his game afterwards, he answered, "I just realized na I have to be more aggressive. Coach Tim, told me to be aggressive too because yun nga, they'll follow my lead."

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