Ginebra must revive their never-say-die spirit, says star playmaker LA Tenorio

Barangay Ginebra is reeling in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup and more players from the team are worried about their current struggles.

Gilas-Pilipinas mainstay and Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio emphasized that the Gin Kings need to work together to finally come out or else they would be in a deep hole instead of focusing on the uncertainty surrounding import Leon Rodgers.

Ginebra must step up on their playoff bid with four games left in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round schedule.

The Gin Kings are currently tied in fifth to seventh spots with the Air21 Express and defending champion Alaska Aces in the standings with a 2-3 win-loss record.

But Ginebra has a chance to grab solo fifth spot with a win against Air21 on Wednesday when they collide in the main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

While it is natural for the spotlight to be almost fixed on Rodgers in the import-laden conference, Tenorio noted that Ginebra’s rough start to the mid-season conference has a lot to do with the team’s inconsistencies on defense.

“Yung umiskor kalaban namin ng more than 100 points (per game), hindi talaga puwede iyun kaya that’s something we need to improve on,” Tenorio told on Tuesday.

Jayjay Helterbrand had earlier noted that Ginebra's sputtering start all boils down to lack of effort.

Tenorio, who averages more than 36 minutes of action this conference, said the Gin Kings will just have to play with the old “never-say-die” spirit, something that has long endeared the team to its legion of Ginebra fans.

“For me, it’s not how long you play in the game, but it’s about playing with pride,” said the 29-year-old “Tinyente.”

“Kasi, it’s just the job of the big guys to rebound, pero lahat ng mga players, dapat accountable.”

The 5-foot-9 Ginebra guard said the team’s on-and-off defense has contributed to the team’s three losses in the first five games, which he hopes will stop against the Express, a team that is determined to bounce back from a painful loss to the Meralco Bolts last Sunday.

“Para sa amin, it’s all about the players communicating saka magsama-sama. So bukas (Wednesday), kailangan talaga manalo. Magaling din ang import nila (Express) kaya tulungan uli dapat kami sa depensa,” added Tenorio, who is averaging 9.6 points, 6.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds this conference.

And with this development, expect the Gin Kings to bounce back against the surprising Air 21 Express who will reinforced by prolific scorer and new import Wesley Witherspoon who scored 44 points on top of eight trifectas in his debut with the Express.

However, the Express loss to the Meralco Bolts in that game after they blow an 18-point led entering the fourth quarter.

--- with reports from

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