LA Tenorio fired two big treys with the first sending the game into overtime and the other securing the win as Barangay Ginebra preserved its clean start in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a tough 125-121 win over Phoenix Super LPG Sunday.
Justin Brownlee and Christian Standhardinger delivered huge numbers and Arvin Tolentino and Scottie Thompson had solid back-up jobs, but Tenorio stole the thunder in the clutch.
“Yung mga fans ang nag-force ng overtime. Kung wala yung cheers nila, walang overtime,” said Tenorio, still cheered on by the Big Dome crowd while being interviewed as the Best Player of the Game.
“Sa dalawang bubble, yan (cheers) ang hinanap namin. Na-miss namin sila ng husto. And we’re really happy that they’re back,” Tenorio also said.
The Ginebra chief playmaker fired a trey forcing OT at 114-114. And with the game in the balance in extra time, Tenorio pumped in another three-pointer to break Phoenix’s back at 125-121.
“Actually, going to the game, we really expected a grind-out game, so we’re ready. And it happened that Scottie and Justin made the right decision to pass the ball,” said Tenorio of the crucial feeds on his three-point bombs.
He finished with 15 points that went with nine assists and eight rebounds in a sterling all-around performance.