Was it really the shoes?
Wearing the Jordan XVIII, LA Tenorio scored a career-high 34 points while also adding seven boards dishing out seven assists to give Ginebra its 1st win in the governors cup. The Gilas point guard was a perfect five out of five from beyond the arc and he also got help from import Dior Lowhorn and Mark Caguioa who chipped in with 17 and 15 markers respectively.
After being down by a point at halftime, Ginebra turned it on in the 2nd half, outscoring Meralco 55-37. They closed out on shooters very well as the Bolts made only six triples on 28 attempts. The Gin Kings also has an edge on assists department 23-12, blitzing Meralco with their passing which led to open shots time and again.
Let’s check out Ginebra’s key to the game:
Mario West was perfect from the line, but he shot only four free throw attempts. Getting only two trips to the free throw line is never good for an import. Credit Chris Ellis for doing a good job of slowing West down as Meralco’s import never found his rhythm.
Big check mark for Ginebra. They made 10 triples, five of them from Tenorio. With Ginebra’s three point shooting on target, the lane was wide open for all the players to work inside (Lowhorn) or penetrate (Caguioa, Japeth).
3. Minutes for Japeth
Coach Ato Agustin made some adjustments and one of it is putting Japeth in the starting line-up and giving him 30 minutes of playing time compared to 18 minutes last game. The results? 13 points seven rebounds four block shots and an intimidating force on the defensive end.
Key Match-up: LA Tenorio vs. Chris Ross
LA Tenorio outplayed, outhustled and outdueled Chris Ross in this game by A LOT. The Gineral posted a career-high 34 points added seven rebounds seven assists and was a perfect 5/5 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Chris Ross only scored six points on 28 minutes of action, while turning the ball over four times.
Ginebra’s next assignment is on August 30, Friday against the Barako Bull Energy Cola at the Araneta Colisuem.