‘Disoriented’ LA Tenorio needs to move on from costly Game 3 miscues, says Tim Cone

Tim Cone was quick to come to LA Tenorio’s defense after Brgy. Ginebra’s chief playmaker made 2 costly miscues in the closing seconds of the team’s semifinals match against NLEX in the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup, Sunday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

With the game tied at 83 and the Gin Kings with possession, Tenorio threw the ball to Justin Brownlee but the “lazy” pass was easily intercepted by Road Warriors import Cameron Clark who went on to complete a three-point play.

Now down by three with 7.3 ticks left on the game clock, Tenorio went coast to coast and scored on a layup instead of launching a triple which could’ve sent the match into overtime.

“Na-disorient ako sa turnover ko,” said Tenorio after the heartbreaking defeat. “I forgot eh. Kaya ‘di ko na nakita ‘yung scoreboard. It’s very unusual for me. Masyado ako na-ano sa turnover ko na napasa ko kay Brownlee.”

The loss prevented the defending champions completing a sweep of the best-of-five series and gave the Yeng Guiao-mentored squad a bit of momentum going into Game 4.

“That’s happened to me so many times—when I thought we were up by two and find out we were down three or up three, whatever,” said Cone. “It’s so easy to lose (sight of the situation) especially after a free throw, because your mind is already thinking it’s two points then they forget that the free throw goes in.”

“LA has won so many games for us. He’s gonna get by on this one, that’s not a problem. The key for him is just moving on — put it away and move on. That’s what we all gotta do. We gotta put it away and move on,” he added.

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