Brgy. Ginebra prevailed over Manila Clasico rival Magnolia in a playoff series to finally lay to rest the ghost that hounded the team for the past two conferences.
The Hotshots prevailed over the Gin Kings in the semifinals of last season’s Governors’ Cup thereby preventing the then two-time defending champs from accomplishing a three-peat and then made it two-in-a-row by dispatching the league’s most popular squad in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Philippine Cup.
The two teams met again in the playoffs for the 3rd straight conference but this time, Brgy. Ginebra came well- prepared by trading for 2018 scoring champion Stanley Pringle who arrived during the elimination round.
Learning from past mistakes, the Gin Kings addressed the need for an additional guard to match-up with the Hotshots’ three-guard attack of Mark Barroca, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon.
“I think itong trade na nangyari kay Stanley ito yung perfect trade for us na makapag-counter sa ibang teams na nagiging problem namin ever since,” said the 35-year old native of Nasugbu, Batangas.
“Actually yun yung malaking resbak na nangyari sa amin. Yung pressure na nasa akin before at least na-open up because of Stanley also and then kay Justin. So malaking bagay talaga yung nandiyan siya,” Tenorio added.
The timely addition of the scoring dynamo immediately worked wonders for the Tim Cone-mentored squad as they were able to sweep their playoff tormentors in dominating fashion to advance to the semifinal round of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup where they’ll be facing the top-seeded TNT KaTropa.
“Playing in the next series against TNT, pareho lang halos yun eh, ganun din. Guard-oriented din,” explained Tenorio.
Game 1 of the best-of-five series is on Friday, July 26 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.