Tenorio saves day as Ginebra holds off TnT to catch last bus to playoffs
A HOT-STARTING Barangay Ginebra withstood a late fightback by Talk ‘N Text to hack out a 110-102 victory on Tuesday night and claim the last quarterfinal berth in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
LA Tenorio, the smallest man on the court, stood tallest when the Kings weathered the Tropang Texters’ rally, scoring 10 points in the payoff period including the team's last seven points in a game that had fans inside the Big Dome at the edge of their seats in the endgame.
In all, the Gilas Pilipinas playmaker tallied a double-double of 24 points — making all his 11 charities — and 10 assists, on top of three steals in 39 minutes.
The Kings thus arranged a showdown with sister squad and top seed Petron in the knockout quarterfinals on Thursday, with the Boosters enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage.
The Kings banked on a strong start, establishing a double-digit cushion that grew to as many as 21 points — in a stark contrast to their 99-113 loss to the Texters in their elimination round meeting last Sunday that forced the sudden-death.
“Maganda yung adjustment namin,” Kings coach Ato Agustin said.
But the Texters chewed off the lead and came within three points after a Larry Fonacier free throw less than three minutes to go in the fourth canto.(c) Karlo sacamos