For Tenorio, offense, not defense, is Ginebra's problem
MANILA, Philippines – The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings came oh-so-close to handing defending All-Filipino champions San Miguel Beer only their second loss of the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup, but instead faltered in the final seconds.
Bolstered by a noisy Sunday crowd at the Araneta Coliseum, Ginebra erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and was down by just two points, 70-72, with 11 seconds to go after SMB's Marcio Lassiter missed two free throws that could have iced the game.
Unfortunately for the crowd favorites, LA Tenorio's floater was off mark, as Arwind Santos did enough to bother him on the shot. San Miguel was able to gain control of the ball, and Santos dribbled out the time as the Beermen escaped with the slim 72-70 win.
The final possession encapsulated how the game went for the Gin Kings: They got the necessary stops, but could not convert on the other end.
"We're struggling sa opensa," Tenorio admitted after the game. "Ang defense naman namin, laging andoon."
"For example, in this game, we did a good job in defending San Miguel. I think they are averaging 110 points per game. Kanina, 72 (points) lang sila against us," he pointed out.