Besides Justin Brownlee’s usual dominant performance and his late game heroics, Ginebra point guard L.A Tenorio credited one crucial factor in Ginebra’s thrilling win against Phoenix Fuel Masters last Sunday night.
Those near 4,000 fans on the edge of their seats mostly screaming the familiar “Gi-ne-bra” chants that have been missing for nearly two years.
“Sobrang na-miss namin sila,” said Tenorio – who hit two crucial triples in regulation and overtime that proved to be the difference in the team’s 125-121 squeaker over the Fuel Masters – on the Ginebra fans in attendance inside the Big Dome.
The Ginebra crowd went wild in Tenorio’s two crucial plays that the 37-year-old point guard even admitted that it would not be possible for them to send the game to extra minutes without the presence of the fans.
“Two years, hindi namin sila nakita. Itong game na ‘to, hindi ‘to mago-overtime kung ‘di dahil sa kanila,” Tenorio admitted.
“Dalawang bubble, ‘yan ang hinahanap namin. Medyo kami yata ‘yung nagkaroon ng pinaka-weird na feeling na naglalaro ng walang fans,” he added.
Last year, Ginebra claimed the Philippine Cup crown in a bubble set-up in Pampanga but celebrated their title without their beloved fans. In the 2021 All-Filipino Conference, they failed to defend the championship after a quarterfinal exit against the eventual champions, TNT KaTropa.
With the fans present again in the sidelines, Tenorio vowed to dedicate the rest of their games to its legion of supporters as their quest for a fourth Governor’s cup title in the five years is off to a hot start.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng Ginebra fans, thank you, na-miss namin kayo. Lahat ng games na lalaruin namin, para sa inyo, definitely,” he said.