Teno­rio stays op­ti­mistic de­spite up-and-down con­fer­ence

Sun.Star Pampanga - - SPORTS! -

VCom­ing off their first PBA ti­tle in eight years in the 2016 Gover­nors' Cup, Gine­bra has al­ter­nated wins and losses in the All-Filipino Cup. Most re­cently, they bowed to defending cham­pi­ons San Miguel, 70-72, to drop to 3-4 in the tour­na­ment.

The Gin Kings cur­rently sit at ninth place in the league stand­ings, mean­ing they will be one of four teams to be elim­i­nated if the play­offs started to­day.

"May chance pa na­man eh," Teno­rio said af­ter their loss to SMB last Sun­day, which saw them limit the Beer­men to their low­est out­put of the sea­son but fail to take ad­van­tage of it.

"Hawak pa rin namin 'yung baraha namin," he pointed out.

Teno­rio be­lieves their strug­gles are mostly on the of­fen­sive end, and not on de­fense, and that if they can make the shots that they usu­ally make, they will be okay. More­over, the point guard be­lieves that if the Gin Kings con­tinue to put to­gether the kind of ef­fort that they did against San Miguel, they can get past other teams.

"If we play like that ev­ery game against other teams, I think malaki ang chance namin na manalo. Malakas lang ta­laga ang San Miguel," he said.

"Same ef­fort lang sa gi­nawa namin (against SMB)," added Teno­rio, who had eight points and four as­sists in 31 min­utes against the Beer­men.

Teno­rio does feel that Gine­bra squan­dered a golden op­por­tu­nity to hand San Miguel its sec­ond loss of the tour­na­ment, es­pe­cially as they were able to limit the of­fen­sive pro­duc­tion of reign­ing MVP June Mar Fa­jardo (nine points).

"Kung iisipin mo, nakaka-dis­ap­point ta­laga, and we should be. We should be dis­ap­pointed in this game," he said.

"But, look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture, if we can do that against June Mar… well, there's no June Mar sa mga next games namin," he noted.

"Pag gi­nawa namin 'yung gani­tong klaseng game ev­ery time, we have a bet­ter chance to go to the next round, malaki ang chance namin," Teno­rio stressed.

More­over, Teno­rio is con­vinced that games like the one against San Miguel is pre­cisely what Gine­bra needs in or­der to per­form bet­ter in the play­offs, should they make it that far

"Just like last con­fer­ence, 'yung mga games na kat­u­lad nito, 'yun ang mga games na gusto namin," he said. "It will pre­pare us go­ing into the next games, and go­ing to the play­offs."

The Gin Kings still have to play Mer­alco, Black­wa­ter, Phoenix, and NLEX in the elim­i­na­tion round.

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