Aug 04, 2018

Tenorio says Ginebra can't be 'Justin-reliant'

Greg Slaughter and LA Tenorio were pleased with Barangay Ginebra's bounce back performance in Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals that saw Justin Brownlee getting plenty of help from the locals who for most part have been non-existent.

Slaughter produced 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, playing a major role in Ginebra's 17-0 start that led to a 130-100 victory over San Miguel that tied the best-of-seven Finals at 2-2 Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Tenorio also had a big part in that opening salvo. He finished with 17 points and six assists after disappearing acts in the Kings losses in Game 2 (134-109) and Game 3 (132-94).

"It's huge," Slaughter said. "We moved the ball around more, got a lot more people involved and the result was a win."

Brownlee, named Best Import before the start of Game 4, has been terrific in the series, averaging more than 34 points while shooting over 75 percent from the field.

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But was the only good thing going for the Kings during the first three games as Slaughter, Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, Sol Mercado, Scottie Thompson and Jeff Chan struggled against San Miguel's heralded locals.

In fact, Slaughter, Tenorio, Aguilar, Thompson and Chan combined for just 21 points in Game 3, just two short of Chris Ross' total score in that match.

Slaughter and Tenorio's presence were felt in Game 4, with Mercado and Thompson also making good impressions on both ends to keep San Miguel at bay.

Mercado had nine points and Thompson put up seven points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals.

"We cannot be Justin-reliant, di dapat kami magrely kay Justin sa offense," Tenorio said. "I mean, he's been great the whole series but we cannot rely on that. Good thing everyone came out contributing."(JT)

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